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How the Moscow Talks Are Like 'Seinfeld'

Nothing happened. But that might be just fine. Al-Monitor Washington correspondent Barbara Slavin on why talking without any results is better than not talking at all.
Michael Mann, spokesman of European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, gestures as he attends a meeting with the media in Moscow, June 18, 2012. Talks on Iran's nuclear program on Monday were difficult and included a tense exchange of views, a European Union spokesman said. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY)

Not to be cynical, but it really doesn’t matter that the latest talks with Iran came up empty.

Outnumbered six to one, Iranian negotiators did a classic job in Moscow earlier this week (June 18-19) of defending past positions, raising old grievances and demanding concessions that they knew they would not get. US officials offered little and got nothing in return — but cannot be accused of “appeasement” in a presidential election year.

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