Iran Talks in a Pressure Cooker

Resistance from Israel, Congress, Iran hardliners imperil return to nuclear deal

In his “Diplomat’s Dictionary,” an urbane compendium of the vocabulary used in the official conduct of international relations, former Ambassador Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., includes one wag’s definition of “diplomacy” as “the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

That pretty much sums up the dynamics of the indirect negotiations now underwa…

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