Monday, May 29, 2006

EU Could Seek To Remove Iran Dossier From UN

TEHRAN, May 26 (MNA) -- The German news magazine Der Spiegel recently announced that Germany is prepared to accept the current level of nuclear research by Iran.

Quoting government sources, the magazine said that Germany would acknowledge Tehran’s achievements in uranium enrichment if Iran allows international organizations to monitor its nuclear activities.

Political analyst Mahdi Motahharnia and MPs Hamid-Reza Hajbabaii and Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh voiced their views on the proposal in separate interviews with the Mehr News Agency earlier this week.

Germany’s proposal could be a sign of the European side’s willingness to take Iran’s nuclear dossier off the agenda of the UN Security Council, Motahharnia said.

He noted that Tehran and Washington are the main players in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, adding that Washington is using Europe as a tool to deal with Tehran at this point in time.

Recognition of Iran’s right to uranium enrichment should be a precondition for nuclear talks with Tehran, Falahatpisheh said.

Iran’s recent nuclear achievements have given it a stronger position in nuclear talks, the MP noted, adding that the ball is now in Europe’s court.

“Iran is continuing with enrichment, which means time is on our side. Now they must propose concessions that would be acceptable to Iran.”

He ruled out the possibility of a consensus to impose sanctions on Iran at the Security Council, saying that any consensus against Iran would harm Western interests.

Commenting on the European Union’s offer to give security guarantees to Iran, Falahatpisheh said, “Iran is in no need of security or economic guarantees but only wants its nuclear rights to be recognized.”

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee rapporteur Hamid-Reza Hajbabaii stressed that Iran would not suspend its research on uranium enrichment under any circumstances.

Iran does not need incentives from Europe, rather it is Iran that can give incentives to them, he added.

Iran regards any proposal that fails to guarantee its right to enrichment as invalid, even if it offers the greatest incentives, the MP observed.

Major power foreign ministers are expected to meet next week in Europe to complete work on a package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to halt uranium enrichment.

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