New US Tack on Iran

They may share the same name, but the new “Rice” in American foreign policy is striking a different note than Condi: Susan Rice, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, predicted today that the Obama administration will engage in “direct diplomacy” with Iran. The US hasn’t conducted direct diplomacy with Iran since before the 1979 revolution. The Bush administration hosted talks with Iran over Afghanistan and Iraq, but never about specifically Iranian issues, like the country’s nuclear program.