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IRAN’S THREATS AGAINST IAEA IS FOR THE DOMESTIC MARKET

Published Tuesday, June 15, 2004



VIENNA-PARIS 15 June (IPS) Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has warned Britain, France and Germany that Iran cooperation with United Nations nuclear watchdog may be at risk if their criticism of Tehran's nuclear programs persists, newspapers said on Tuesday.

In a letter to the leaders of Europe’s most powerful nations published on the day the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors started reviewing Iran’s controversial nuclear activities, Khatami accused the EU trio of working with Tehran's arch-foe Washington to heap pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Britain, Germany and France have drafted a tough resolution, which sharply rebukes Tehran for lax cooperation with the IAEA and failing to its commitments undertaken with the three nations.

All Iranian warnings and threats against the IAEA and the Europeans are for domestic market

On 21 October, Hojjatoleslam Hasan Rohani, the secretary of the Supreme Council on National Security and Iran’s main negotiator with the IAEA had agreed with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain not only sign the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty permitting international nuclear visiting Iranian atomic sites and projects at will and without any restrictions but would also suspend enriching uranium to build confidence.

"Continuation of such a behaviour under the pressure of America will seriously harm mutual trust and Iran's cooperation with the international community on Iran's use of peaceful nuclear technology", the embattled and powerless Khatami warned in the letter, extracts of which were carried in the reformist Sharq newspaper.

Analysts said Mr. Khatami wrote the letter under pressures from the ruling hardline conservatives opposed to Iran’s officially “soft-line” towards the European Union.

"Continued unfriendly behaviour and ignorance of undertakings, will push Iran to consider its different options", he said in the letter, reflecting a more aggressive tone from Tehran in response to what it says are unfair and politically motivated accusations about its atomic ambitions.

Analysts said Mr. Khatami wrote the letter under pressures from the ruling hardline conservatives opposed to Iran’s officially “soft-line” towards the European Union.

The letter came after the Speaker of the new Iranian Parliament, or Majles, dominated by the conservatives, had told the “Big 3” not to dictate their will on Iran, warning them that the Majles might not ratify Iran’s signing of the Additional Protocol to the NPT and suspension of enriching uranium, a demand echoed by some radical newspapers known to be mouthpieces of Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, the leader of the Islamic Republic who has the ultimate words on every major issue.

“Once again, the European have demonstrated their perfidy by abusing Iran to go closer to the Americans. Time has arrived to stop going down the well with the rotten rope of the Europeans”, wrote the daily Jomhoori Eslami, that belongs to Mr. Khameneh'i, echoing Keyhan, another radical daily, insisting that Iran should emulate North Korea leaving the NPT.

"If the Majles feels that the Additional Protocol serves the interests of the nation, it will ratify it. If not, it will reject it and the government has to abide by the decision", Dr. Qolamali Haddad-Adel, the Speaker, said in a session broadcast live on state radio, adding, "Iran's Majles does not take orders from foreigners".

"Ratification of the protocol depends on the IAEA's behaviour and the three European countries' fulfilment of their undertakings", he went on, advising Paris, London and Berlin “not to yield to pressures from the Zionists and the Americans”.

IRAN’S THREATS AGAINST IAEA IS FOR THE DOMESTIC MARKET-Body

In an unusual strong terms, Dr. Mohamed ElBarade’i, the Egyptian General Director of the IAEA, had accused Monday Iran of not cooperating fully with his inspectors and must come clean about the full extent of its nuclear program.

“Seeking a new mandate as IAEA boss, ElBarade’i must come clean of the Iranian case before the next meeting of the Board of Governors or he might loose his battle”, one Iranian journalist covering the IAEA’s handling the Iranian nuclear programs told Iran Press Service.

“Once again, the European have demonstrated their perfidy by abusing Iran to go closer to the Americans

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Kamal Kharrazi had escalated the verbal battle with the IAEA, saying that Iran would not accept any restrictions to its uranium enriching programs and called on the IAEA to accept Iran as a member of the Atomic Club.

However, Iranian analysts believe that knowing that they have no friend to support them in international instances, the tough stand adopted with the IAEA and the Europeans is addressed mostly to the local market, unless Tehran really got out of the NPT.

“Every time the crisis reached a red light, the Islamic Republic stepped back, for the simple reason that if they put into action their menaces, their nuclear case would be sent to the United Nations Security Council that might impose harsh economic sanctions, something they do their best to avoid”, one Iranian journalist covering the Vienna meetings told Iran press Service.

In his view, Khatami’s letter aims at softening the last draft resolution presented Monday to the Governor. “However, I don’t think his menaces or the warnings by the new Speaker would change anything “if not bringing closer Europeans and Americans”, he added. ENDS IRAN IAEA 15604

 

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As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at http://wwwdamavandsafa.blogspot.com


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