PARIS-TEHRAN First of Dec. (IPS) “The resolution that the international nuclear watchdog passed on Iran in November and all its clauses that are imposed on Iran would be declared as void in coming months”, an advisor to the Iranian leader predicted on Wednesday.
The forecast came two days after Iran reached a painful agreement with Britain, France and Germany in Vienna and as a consequence, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saved Tehran from sanctions.
“Maybe this predicament would surprise, but for sure, in a not much far future, you would stand witness that the resolution the IAEA agreed on Iran in November preventing our country from reaching nuclear technology for peaceful purposes would be declared void and non-executable”, wrote Mr. Hoseyn Shari’atmadari, a high-ranking intelligence officer appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i as Executive Editor of the radical daily “Keyhan”.
Maybe this predicament would surprise, but in a not much far future the IAEA resolution in November would be declared void and non-executable
He was referring to a resolution the European Union’s so-called “Big Three” had presented the IAEA’s Board of Directors after two days of intensive and critical talks with Iranian negotiators and approved by consensus on 29 November 2004, after Tehran satisfied both the IAEA and the Troika by accepting officially that it would extend suspension of uranium enriching to all its installations, including up to 30 centrifuges it wanted to run for so-called Research and Development purposes.
The resolution, -- a “compromise” between “red lines” from both American and Iranian hard liners -- urges Tehran to “sustain” suspension of uranium enriching activities, which it also concedes that is “voluntary and non-legally binding” measure accepted by Iran for “confidence building”.
While Iranian diplomats who worked out the resolution with their European counterparts hailed the resolution as a “victory over the United States”, independent observers termed it as the “best text under present conditions”.
“The resolution does certainly not satisfy the Iranians or the Americans, but at the same time it helps both of them to save face”, one Iranian diplomat told Iran Press Service on condition of anonymity.
“People who have not enough money to buy a Mercedes car should satisfy themselves with a Peykan (the popular locally made car) and not complain”, Hojjatoleslam Hasan Rohani, the middle-rank cleric who is in charge of the controversial issue with both the European Troika and the IAEA told journalists during a press conference on Tuesday in Tehran.
“We also would have preferred a Mercedes, but for the time being, Europe is our Peykan”, he explained, thanking European negotiators who helped Tehran to escape possible sanctions from the United Nations Security Council, a measure Washington was pressing the IAEA and its European partners.
According to another Iranian diplomat, support provided by Ayatollah Khameneh’i to the Iranian negotiating delegation in the one hand and the understanding and good will from the European representatives on the other were the “key elements” paving the way for placing Iran’s nuclear case at the IAEA in an “ordinary process”.
However, after two days of silence, hard liners among the ruling Iranian conservatives went on the offensive, accusing the negotiators of “sell out” and “unconditional surrender” to the Europeans, “their American masters and the Zionist circles”.
The 29 November Resolution of the Board of Directors is a great lure the Europeans laid for us
“What the Europeans have achieved is the sustained and full closure of all our nuclear activities”, wrote both Keyhan and “Jomhouri Eslami” (Islamic Republic) that belongs to Mr. Khameneh’i.
“The 29 November Resolution of the Board of Directors is a great lure the Europeans laid for us. Not only it is not positive, but is a colonialist diktat that we can not accept under any condition”, Jomhouri Eslami added.
“Our brothers who negotiated the Paris Agreement and the IAEA Resolution claim that after this November meeting, Iran’s case at the IAEA would follow an ordinary path and add that this is a victory, but they do not explain that once full suspension of uranium enriching accepted, there would remain no case for the Agency to address it”, observed Mr. Shari’atmadari.
“What our diplomats achieved (in Vienna) is not a victory, as they claim, for while the Europeans have got all they wanted and the Americans half of their demands, we reached ten per cent only”, Mr. Ali Larijani, the personal Representative of the Leader at the Supreme Council on National Security tipped as a runner to the next presidential elections told the Iranian students news agency ISNA. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 11204