Good news on both the international cooperation and effective non-proliferation policy fronts:

Six big powers said on Wednesday they would invite Iran for talks to try to solve a dispute over its nuclear programme and, in a major shift, the United States said it would take part in future talks with Tehran. The United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain said in a statement they would ask European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to invite Tehran to a meeting to find “a diplomatic solution to this critical issue.”

Go figure — if you want a country to end its nuclear weapons programs, it helps to actually talk to that country.

UPDATE: The Cable stresses that the U.S. will be at the table “from now on.”

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