[Marxism] Conspiracy theory or genuine concern?

davidquarter at sympatico.ca davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Sun Mar 13 13:34:43 MST 2005


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7119928/

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 œhallucinating 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.
œU.S. officials are either unaware of the substance of the talks or (they are) 
hallucinating, Sirus Naseri, a senior member of Iran™s 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.
London™s Sunday Times said Israel had drawn up plans for a combined air and 
ground attack on Iranian nuclear installations if diplomacy fails to halt Tehran™s 
atomic program.
The newspaper said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his inner cabinet had 
given œinitial authorization for a unilateral attack at a private meeting last month.
Israel, which bombed Iraq™s 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 EU™s 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 
bomb.
Tehran: U.S. proposal 'disrespectful'
Iran dismissed the U.S. offer as insignificant. Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi told 
IRNA it was œfunny and disrespectful.
œThe 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 œqueen of war and 
violence.
Naseri said it was not clear if greater U.S. involvement in the negotiations was 
œhelpful 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 œobjective guarantees that it will not divert 
nuclear fuel to military uses.
œIt 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 West™s 
concerns.
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 
talks.
œIf 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 Iran™s nuclear negotiators, told IRNA.
œHowever, 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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