Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, responded to UN and western offers regarding his nation’s atomic energy program, by telling a rally “the enemies of the Islamic system imagine that by hatching an economic plot and threatening with sanctions they can undermine the perseverance of Iranians. But the great nation of Iran will once again foil this plot just like it has overome economics anctions over the last thirty years.” He was undoubtedly responding to an offer from permanent nations on the Security Council(pluse Germany) to initiate discussions concerning ways in which Iran could peacefully pursue atomic energy development.
The current approach of making offers through the media may not be the best approach in dealing with Iran. Why not get Turkey, which has excellent relations with Iran, or China to head a two nation effort to reach out to the Iranian government? It may well be difficult for Iranians to believe any offer that includes America as long as America issues bombastic threats against Iran. Quiet diplomacy stands a better chance for success.