To my amazement this story has yet to break through in the USA.
Debka reported yesterday that Russia says Iran is willing to agree to halting 20% uranium enrichment.
The article is worth the minute to read.
It seems that the announcement was made deliberately right before a G8 announcement was going to be made that Assad must step down and a transitional government be put in place in Damascus.
Of course Russia was against said announcement/action and miraculously pulled the Iran statement out of thin air.
It would see the implication is if you want Iran to halt 20% uranium enrichment then Assad has to stay in power in Syria.
This will be interesting to see how it actually plays out over the next few days.