On December 20, a group of former European and American diplomats
and "Iran experts" sent a letter
to President Obama and argued that the sanctions will not force Iran to halt
its nuclear program and will risk damaging the reputation of the United States
in the eyes of ordinary Iranians suffering from the effects of the sanctions.
Therefore, the US should offer more incentives to the Iranian regime to
facilitate a compromise.
The letter that was prepared
by NIAC and signed by its president Trita Parsi and four of its advisors received
warm reception by the Iranian regime as the "Iran Diplomacy" website edited
by former Iranian diplomats published a report about the letter titled: "Did
the Iran lobby in US speak out?". The report was decorated with Trita
Parsi's picture next to Ahmadinejad.
This is not the first time that the government press in Tehran
calls NIAC the "Iran lobby in US" or shows support to this
organization. See here for "governmental
press supports NIAC"