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Det gjøres alt for mye ut av iransk seierssikkerhet. Britene fikk ikke tak i sjefforhandler Ari Larijani på mange dager. Han tok ikke telefonen. Det tyder på indre uenighet.

Larijani var mannen som britene kom til en løsning med i uke 2. I uke én var han ikke å få tak i.

British officials are more puzzled about the chemistry of their direct dialogue with Iran. For days, they found it hard to get hold of Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief international negotiator, even though he was an obviously desirable contact; in the nuclear talks, he has proved pragmatic and moderate, at least by the standards of this regime.

When Larijani appeared on Channel 4 News at the start of the week, and later spoke on the telephone to Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the Prime Minister’s adviser, «it was clear to us it was moving towards a diplomatic solution». Asked why Britain simply could not get hold of him, one official said: «He wasn’t taking calls — that perhaps reflects that they didn’t have a coherent position.» Another added: «If Iranians don’t have an answer, they don’t answer the phone.»

International pressure, not bargaining, won the day

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