Washington has shown it means business by agreeing to send the Under-Secretary of State, William Burns, to Geneva to join talks between the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, and Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili on Saturday.
It is a major shift by the Bush administration, and the Iranians will understand that.
Earlier this week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was interested in direct talks with the US.
He also said Iran was interested in an idea being floated in Washington - to open a US diplomatic mission in Tehran for the first time since the revolution.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Iran and the US might be talking
Here is an excerpt from an interesting BBC article: