[Marxism] Conspiracy theory or genuine concern?
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Sun Mar 13 13:34:43 MST 2005
Iran: U.S. hallucinating over nuclear talks
U.S. and EU have warned Tehran of possible U.N. sanctions
Updated: 9:00 a.m. ET March 13, 2005
TEHRAN, Iran - The United States is hallucinating if it thinks Iran will scrap its
nuclear fuel production plans in return for economic incentives, a senior Iranian
official was quoted as saying on Sunday.
Washington offered the encouragements in support of the European Union, which is
negotiating with Tehran to try to persuade it to give up sensitive nuclear activities.
U.S. officials are either unaware of the substance of the talks or (they are)
hallucinating, Sirus Naseri, a senior member of Irans nuclear negotiating team,
told the official IRNA news agency.
Iran says it needs atomic technology to generate electricity and will never use it to
make bombs, as the United States fears.
Londons Sunday Times said Israel had drawn up plans for a combined air and
ground attack on Iranian nuclear installations if diplomacy fails to halt Tehrans
The newspaper said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his inner cabinet had
given initial authorization for a unilateral attack at a private meeting last month.
Israel, which bombed Iraqs Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981, played down the report.
Iran has said it will respond vigorously to any attack on its nuclear plants.
Washington gave practical backing for the EUs diplomatic approach on Friday,
offering to allow Iran to begin talks on joining the World Trade Organization and
consider letting it buy civilian airline parts if it ceased all activities that could
produce fuel for nuclear power plants or atomic weapons.
Washington and the EU have warned Iran it faces referral to the U.N. Security
Council, which could impose economic sanctions, if it fails to allay fears it wants the
Tehran: U.S. proposal 'disrespectful'
Iran dismissed the U.S. offer as insignificant. Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi told
IRNA it was funny and disrespectful.
The U.S. should apologize to Iran for making this proposal, he said, going on to
describe U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a queen of war and
Naseri said it was not clear if greater U.S. involvement in the negotiations was
helpful or an obstacle to progress.
He said the EU, which has persuaded Iran to suspend potentially weapons-related
activities like uranium enrichment while the two sides try to reach a solution, was
close to accepting that Iran would not give up enrichment.
Instead, Tehran has offered to give objective guarantees that it will not divert
nuclear fuel to military uses.
It seems the Europeans are ready to adopt a logical position, Naseri said.
Iran has refused to disclose its guarantees publicly but diplomats and analysts say it
is offering to allow intrusive inspections that ensure it only enriches uranium to a low
grade which would be unsuitable for weapons.
It may also be prepared to restrict its enrichment activities to a pilot project, too
small to make weapons production practical, diplomats and analysts say.
Such a solution would allow Iran to save face while meeting most of the Wests
So far EU officials have said the only acceptable guarantee would be for Iran to
mothball its enrichment plans and rely on imported nuclear reactor fuel.
The two sides are due to hold a crucial meeting in Paris on March 23 to review their
If the policy of the United States and Europe is for Iran not to go after nuclear
weapons, we are ready to negotiate and reach an agreement, Hossein Mousavian,
another of Irans nuclear negotiators, told IRNA.
However, if they want to prevent Iran producing the fuel it needs for its nuclear
power plants, Iran will not welcome negotiations or these incentives, he said.
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