Thursday, May 25, 2006

london summit and iran new tactic

ali ghanadi
security council permanent members plus germany meeting in London made progress Wednesday towards agreeing on a European carrot-and-stick package,but more talks to be planned.

Senior officials from United Nations Security Council permanent members Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States, as well as Germany, were locked in talks on the European package for Tehran, while diplomats said Iran might be open to nuclear talks with the West if there were no pre-conditions.

A spokesman for the British Foreign Office said the talks were “constructive and valuable” and the progress made was encouraging, reflecting shared international concern.

“We focused on both elements of the approach,” he said, referring to the carrot-and-stick package.

“Political directors will now report to capitals, including on a proposal that ministers should meet in the near future to take final decisions.”

In Washington, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the negotiators made advances in hammering out a common line but have yet to finalize an agreement. “What I have heard is that there has been great progress”, he said.

“I don’t think you can say at this point that you have closure on every single issue, but it is coming into form both on the incentive side and the disincentive side.” afp
but russia and china officials has no statement about london talks until now, then some observers argue that two states have not willing for acceptong EU3 package in this moment.
US:no talk
at the same time,The White House, under growing pressure to have bilateral talks with Tehran, insisted on Wednesday there would be no direct negotiations with Iran unless it suspends its uranium enrichment program, AFP reported.

"Iran has to take that fundamental step when it comes to enriching and reprocessing uranium, they've got to suspend all activities," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

Without such a step, Snow said, there will be "no change in the administration's posture and the president's posture when it comes to one-on-one negotiations" over Tehran's nuclear program.

"We think that Iran needs to be very serious about suspending all enrichment and reprocessing (of) uranium. They have to agree to do it," the spokesman said.

"They have to do it in a verifiable and credible manner, and a permanent manner," Snow added.
some analysts says that ,while iran appears its willingness to direct talks ,US rejecting can increases internal and internationals pressures on white house.
an iranian analyst says "iran comment"that ,it is new iranian tactic for showing
flexability to international community.
he added:"is can strenght iranian position in this situstion".
bejing and moscow would say that,"good!now what?",he said.
ElBaradei met in the Austrian capital last week with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, whose government has been lobbying for direct talks with the Americans.

Diplomatic sources told AFP Wednesday that Iran has informed ElBaradei that it would agree to talks with Washington only if there are no preconditions, such as giving up uranium enrichment.

State Department Spokesman Scott McCormack acknowledged a recent "spike of interest" by Tehran in bilateral discussions, but said multilateral talks are a more appropriate forum for such a dialogue.

"Look, this is an issue that is between Iran and the rest of the world," he said.

"I know that there are some that would like to make this an issue between Iran and the United States. That might play into the hands of some of those unelected few who run Iran. But, frankly, it's an issue that is between Iran and the rest of the world," McCormack said.

"Our response to Iran," McCormack continued, "is to say, 'come back into the mainstream of international behavior. Heed the call of the international community'."

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