Reading list: Red lines, not deadlines, on Iran

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  • “The U.S. is ‘not setting deadlines’ for Iran and still considers negotiations as ‘by far the best approach’ to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. (Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg)
  • “Israel and the United States are in discussion on setting a ‘red line’ for Iran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.” (Reuters)
  • “We call on the government in Iran to come back to the table with substantial offers, which is very necessary and very crucial at this time.” (German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Reuters)
  • IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, ahead of IAEA board of governors meeting Monday, calls for immediate access to Iran site, says he’s frustrated. (IAEA; Reuters)
  • “What statesmen do when faced with bad options is create new ones. The third choice in this case is to negotiate a deal that lets Iran enrich uranium for civilian use….that applies rigorous safeguards…that gradually relaxes sanctions and brings this wayward country into the community of more-or-less civilized nations.”  (Bill Keller, New York Times)
  • “Immediately after the US presidential election, …Ehud Barak is certain to resume his antics and carry on where he has left off, and the countdown will start all over again.” (Ben Caspit, Maariv/Al-Monitor)
  • US should help speed end of Assad regime, show Shias not US enemy in Bahrain, region  (Jim Jeffrey, Washington Post)
  • Ofer Biton denied bail, his attorney says he won’t cooperate with federal corruption investigation of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY). (NY Daily News)

(Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting before the APEC Summit in Vladivostok September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool.)