An Israeli media outlet is reporting that an American strike on Iran is in the cards, as the Administration of Barack Obama expects a “window of opportunity” for U.S. military aggression against the country to open in June.
According to an Israeli television news report, when Obama makes a scheduled visit to Israel next month he will tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “sit tight” and let Washington take the stage. In the likely event that continuing U.S. sanctions against the Iranians do not halt the nation’s nuclear ambitions before summer, a U.S. military operation is expected to commence.
On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that time for a diplomatic solution to the impasse was running out, since the Iranians continue to enrich uranium. Tehran claims the nation isn’t breaking any international laws because the uranium enrichment is only to make reactor fuel and medical isotopes. But some watchdogs say Iran is quickly enriching enough uranium to pose a significant nuclear threat by summer.
“As we have repeatedly made clear, the window for a diplomatic solution simply cannot remain open forever,” Kerry said in London, on his first international tour as Secretary of State. “But it is open today. It is open now and there is still time, but there is only time if Iran makes the decision to come to the table and to negotiate in good faith.
“We are prepared to negotiate in good faith, in mutual respect, in an effort to avoid whatever terrible consequences could follow failure, and so the choice really is in the hands of the Iranians. And we hope they will make the right choice,” Kerry added.
This week top diplomats from the United States, U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany — all but Germany are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — are meeting with Iranian officials in a hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to try to convince the nation to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent (the point at which it becomes weapons viable) and to export highly enriched uranium. The diplomats are also urging the Iranians to shut down the mountain-shielded Fordo uranium enrichment center, which the nation has refused to do in the past.
Iranian compliance would lead to a lessening of sanctions that have crippled the nation’s economy, according to reports. Some of the reported economic reliefs could include permission to resume Iranian gold and precious metals trading and international banking activity. But not much is expected to come from the latest round of talks with an Iranian Presidential election slated for June, making top officials in the country hesitant to make any deals with Western powers that could be perceived as a result of weakness.