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VIENNA, 28 Nov. (IPS) Iran and the European Union’s Big Three narrowed Sunday their differences over a draft resolution to be presented Monday to the Board of Directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), helping Tehran to escape from international mandatory sanctions, informed Iranian and European sources confirmed to Iran Press Service.
“Thanks to the support of the Iranian leader and the courageous understanding of Britain, France and Germany, we have been able to draft a resolution to both sides satisfaction”.
“Thanks to the support of the Iranian leader and the courageous understanding of Britain, France and Germany, we have been able to draft a resolution to both sides satisfaction”, the sources said.
Last minute controversy flared up Friday as the 35 members Directors started reviewing Iran’s nuclear activities, with the IAEA’s General Director informing the meeting that Iran has demanded to except 20 centrifuges from uranium enriching suspensions for Research and Development purposes.
The request angered the Troika, as Iran had not made such a demand when it agreed with Britain, France and Germany on 15 November to suspend enriching uranium and sign the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
“Iran must submit an official letter stating that it renounces to the exemption or the European Troika would withdrew its draft resolution”, one IAEA source told reporters on Friday, even though Mr. Mohammad ElBarade’i, the Agency’s General Director had said that the matter was between Iranians and the Europeans and not with his organisation.
As intensive, unabated talks continued all Saturday and Sunday between Iranian and European representatives behind closed doors, Iran ended by sending a letter to the international nuclear watchdog Iran Sunday, insisting on its demand that 20 of its centrifuges be exempt from its pledged to freeze activities related to uranium enrichment.
“Iran had sent a new letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAE) in which it had maintained its demand to keep up the 20 centrifuges”, the official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Sunday the Head of the Supreme National Security Council’s Committee for Propagation policy-making, Ali Aqa-Mohammadi as having said.
"In the letter, Iran has insisted on keeping 20 centrifuges and continuing their operation and prevent (the IAEA) from sealing them", Mr. Aqa-Mohammad said, adding however that "We have also announced in the letter that we (are ready) to reach
an agreement with the agency on the modalities of using these
According to IPS sources, it was after consultations with Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic who has the last words on every major issue that Tehran send the letter to the Vienna, helping the negotiating teams to come to agreement about a new draft resolution.
It was after consultations with Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, who has the last words on every major issue that Tehran send the letter to the Vienna.
Mr. Hoseyn Moussavian, the Head of the SCNS Foreign Policy Department and the spokesman for the Iranian delegation at the Vienna talks told Iranian media that “thanks to Europeans goodwill, all the wordings and phrases in the draft that the Iranians considered as humiliating were deleted.
The Europeans agreed on all the three major demands from Iran, that the resolution do not mention any trigger mechanism, that the issue would not go to the United Nations Security Council and that the enriching freeze is voluntary, another Iranian source explained, referring to the Americans pressures for having the Iran case be transferred to the UN for economic sanctions.
However, and until late on Sunday, some Iranian sources were insisting that Tehran had send no letter to the IAEA.
[B]“The difficulties come from both hard liners in Tehran and in Washington. Otherwise, why cooperation on important and strategic matters between Iran and the European Union should be sacrificed on the altar of some 20 centrifuges?”, a diplomat asked on condition of not being identified. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR