Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday dismissed assertions by the Iranian government that it was nearing a deal with the international community on its nuclear program and said a "different tack" may be needed.
Following meetings with senior Turkish officials, Gates told reporters that if Iran was serious about handing over its uranium it would be working with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"The reality is they've done nothing to assure the international community" or "to stop their progress toward (building) a nuclear weapon," Gates said.
Gates says that a nuclear deal with Iran is not close.
But, Iran is close to having a nuclear weapon.
So, why are we wasting our time negotiating with Iran?