The existing six-party strategy on Iran is doomed to failure

By Christoph Bertram

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007,
`Tougher economic sanctions will not force Iran to comply; instead, sanctions will merely hit this oil- and gas-rich country's trading partners.'


There is a wise American saying: "If you are in a hole, stop digging." The six governments that are currently considering the next steps to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb -- the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany -- should heed that advice. Otherwise, they could end up without any handle on the Iranian nuclear program, and only one -- useless -- option left: a military strike.

Yet the six

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