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Top European Diplomats Call For ‘Sustained Diplomatic Engagement’ With Iran

The foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland called on the West to “aim for a sustained diplomatic engagement” to end the nuclear standoff with Iran. Carl Bildt and Erkki Tuomioja, from Sweden and Finland, respectively, wrote in the New York Times that they were “deeply concerned” about all the war chatter, writing, “It is difficult to see a single action more likely to drive Iran into taking the final decision to acquire nuclear weapons than an attack on the country.” The top diplomats recounted missed opportunities for negotiations, and said the current opening should be pursued incrementally, “seek(ing) to build trust through a series of steps, as bridging the immense gulf of mistrust will not be done in a day.”

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