|Nuclear deal with Iran might be an achievable goal: Brzezinski||
TEHRAN – Working with Iran to resolve the dispute over the country’s nuclear program might finally be an achievable goal for the United States, former President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said on Sunday on CBS News’ "Face the Nation."
"We have to take into account the fact that this is a significant historical nation that has lasted for 3,000 years, has a glorious history," he said.
"...Think of the Soviet Union," Brzezinski continued. "The Soviet Union was led by leadership that killed millions of people. It acquired nuclear weapons. It was threatening us. We managed to negotiate with it, we managed to have arrangements to stabilize the nuclear arms race, minimize the prospects of war. We can do it with the Iranians, absolutely, provided we don't listen to advice that is extreme and pathological."
"If things go wrong in the Middle East, it's going to be a massive globally significant crisis," Brzezinski said. "Probably the gravest since the Cuban crisis in the sense that its potential consequences will not be an atomic war, but massive economic and political disruption in a very important part of the world. This is in our interest to avoid."
"We have a putative coalition for peace," Brzezinski said. "If we stick with it we might be able to preserve some sort of stability in the region by accommodating with the Iranians, by finding some sort of compromise formula for Syria, and for pushing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward. But all three things have to happen."
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