The Rubik’s Cube & the Iran Talks

The U.S. has keenly used the “Rubik’s Cube” analogy to explain the moving parts and complexity (43 quintillion possibilities!) that make the Iran nuclear negotiations so difficult. The terminology first publicly emerged after the September 2013 meeting  between Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to an analysis of Federal News Service transcripts:

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: “Did you follow that Rubik’s Cube? I couldn’t say it again if my life depended on it.
REPORTER: That’s going to be our soundbyte

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NPT PrepCom updates

The third NPT Preparatory Committee  (PrepCom) is underway in New York, and Tariq Rauf, Director of SIPRI’s Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, and Atomic Reporters Director, has been filing daily assessments. Synopses of the first three days can be read on SIPRI’s website:

The NPT PrepCom opens, and past and present European leaders warn of risk of serious damage to nuclear non-proliferation

The third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) opened at the United Nations in New York on Monday 28 April.

Among interventions Atomic Reporters may find this statement from fifty serving and former senior European Leaders, including from Russia, of significance.  As the Ukraine standoff rolls into May it offers a road map for strengthening nuclear non-proliferation and warns of serious damage if necessary steps are not taken.

Group Statement Ahead of PrepCom_General Press Release2