Progress in Iran?

PROGRESS IN IRAN?….This is weird. Both the LA Times and New York Times have stories about the latest progress in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, but their takes on the situation could hardly be more different. The LA Times story is quite positive, and includes this quote from the Bush administration:

In Washington, a senior State Department official said the outcome the session was positive. “What they’ve agreed is exactly what we’ve been talking about,” said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

The New York Times, by contrast, makes it sound like virtually no progress had been made. Here’s their administration quote:

The Bush administration, which accuses Iran of secretly using its nuclear program to develop weapons, reacted with caution to the developments on Wednesday….”Iran hid its nuclear activity from the international community for two decades,” said Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman. “That is why we are skeptical about their activities.”

The basic details are similar in both stories: Iran has extended its nuclear freeze and Europe has agreed to offer a new (and presumably better) aid package in July or August. Beyond that, though, you’d practically think they were reporting different talks altogether.

And the Washington Post? Their take seems to be somewhere in the middle. Read ’em all and decide for yourself.

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