The President of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, has re-opened the door to international diplomacy. He is suggesting the nuclear issue could still be regulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA.
It is a contradictory attitude to a day ago, when Iran, in defiance of an IAEA censure, announced it intended to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants and expand its atomic programme. The IAEA recently rebuked Iran for building a nuclear plant in secret in a mountain bunker.
Analysts say extra plants have probably been planned for a while but the timing of the announcement is more an act of bravado for Iran’s domestic audience.
Other experts dismiss the plans, claiming the country is incapable of building ten such plants.
Politically, Washington is threatening harsher sanctions.