Sunday, July 09, 2006

Iran, West have chosen “diplomacy”

July 10, 2006
"nuclear iran"-– The Mehr News Agency talked to some political analysts on Sunday to learn their views about the latest developments in the nuclear issue and reports that the West has set a deadline for Iran to respond to the package of nuclear proposals.

Saeed Leylaz said that Iran and the West have both chosen “diplomacy” to resolve the issue.

It seems that Iran’s overall response to the offer will be positive, he opined, adding that there are good prospects for possible talks between Iran and Europe.

Leylaz cast doubts on reports that the West has set a deadline for Iran to answer the offer, saying the issue would not significantly influence the process of nuclear talks.

The West, upon delivering its proposals to Iran, stressed that the offer is confidential and that there is no need for Iran to make haste in giving a response, Ali Khorram explained.

“But it (West) immediately reneged on its commitments and by calling on Iran to make haste in responding to the offer, it actually put pressure on the Islamic Republic, instead of trying to resolve the issue.”

“At the current juncture, the ball is in Iran’s court and Iran seriously seeks to resolve the issue and prevent it from turning into a crisis,” he noted.

The West thinks that if Iran fully accepts the nuclear offer then the issue will be resolved, but Iran will not halt its nuclear activities so at the current circumstance only a middle approach can prove successful, Khorram observed.

Iran can accept the general points of the package but it will refuse to suspend or freeze its nuclear activities, the former diplomat to international organizations noted.

“In order to do so it needs to conduct extensive diplomatic negotiations.”

Saeed Leylaz said that Iran and the West have both chosen “diplomacy” to resolve the issue.

It seems that Iran’s overall response to the offer will be positive, he opined, adding that there are good prospects for possible talks between Iran and Europe.

Leylaz cast doubts on reports that the West has set a deadline for Iran to answer the offer, saying the issue would not significantly influence the process of nuclear talks.

The West, by pressurizing Iran, wants to put the country in a situation where it will have to choose between accepting the offer fully or rejecting it entirely, Mehdi Alikhani commented.

Alikhani noted that by setting a deadline the West is trying to wage a psychological war against the Islamic Republic so Iran should try not to lose the initiative.
source:tehran times
posted by ali ghannadi-irannuk

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