The Gulf On Second Thought . . .

Peace may be just around the corner in the eight-year-old conflict between Iran and Iraq, but it could take a while for the two sides to get there. In the wake of Iran's surprise announcement two weeks ago that it would agree to a cease-fire, Iraq embarked on a campaign designed to maximize its position in a postwar era. By attempting to gain more leverage in negotiations, however, Baghdad risked encouraging Tehran to return to war.

Both countries sent their Foreign Ministers to the United Nations in New York City to discuss how to put into effect Security Council Resolution 598,...

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