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IRANIAN OPPOSITION URGES TEHRAN TO RESPECT NUCLEAR DEALS

Published Saturday, September 4, 2004



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PARIS, 4 Sept. (IPS) As international pressures increases on the Islamic Republic of Iran concerning its controversial nuclear projects, several Iranian opposition personalities and groups urged the Iranian clerical-led authorities to stop at once all suspicious atomic activities.

On Friday 3 September, the European Union foreign affairs ministers said from Valkenburg, in Holland, that Iran's nuclear program has cast a shadow over its relations with Europe.

“We want to send out a very strong signal that we mean business", said Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot, whose country holds the EU presidency. "We cannot accept ... the development of weapons grade uranium by Iran”, he added, referring to a U.N. report this week showing that Iran plans to process tons of raw uranium.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's former envoy to the IAEA said Iran's uranium conversion facility in Isfahan has a capacity of converting more than 300 tons of uranium ore into hexafluoride gas annually.

This has strengthened suspicions in the international community that Iran is involved in activities that could be used to make nuclear warheads.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report this week that Iran plans to process more than 40 tons of uranium into uranium hexafluoride gas. Experts said the amount was enough for four or five warheads.

On Thursday, Iran acknowledged it plans to process tons of raw uranium, but said the IAEA was informed long ago. Iran maintains its nuclear program is geared only toward producing electricity, not a nuclear bomb.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's former envoy to the IAEA said Iran's uranium conversion facility in Isfahan, in central Iran, has a capacity of converting more than 300 tons of uranium ore into hexafluoride gas annually.

"The agency knew the capacity of the facility before it was built. The facility is under IAEA safeguards", the AP quoted Mr. Salehi as having said, adding that the capacity of Iran's uranium enrichment plant in Natanz was 30 tons per year.

The facility in Natanz uses centrifuges to enrich uranium hexafluoride gas and turn it into pellets that are then used as fuel in nuclear reactors.

The Isfahan facility was inaugurated in March, but last year Iran suspended uranium enrichment in Natanz as a confidence-building gesture toward the international community.

Washington, Tel Aviv and some European countries fears that Iran’s present atomic project for the construction of electricity plants are a lure to produce nuclear weapons aimed at destroying the Jewish States.

In a statement, the Union of Iranian Republicans (UIR) called Saturday on the authorities to respect its engagements with the IAEA, stay with the NPT and ratify the Additional Protocols.

At their recent meeting in the black Sea resort of Sochi, leaders of France, Germany and Russia stressed on their efforts and cooperation in stopping the Islamic Republic joining the Atomic Club by acquiring nuclear bomb.

Tehran vehemently denies all these allegations and insists that all its atomic projects are for purely civilian uses.

However, recent declarations by some high-ranking military officers and the test firing of the latest version of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile that can reach Israel have alarmed the international community the ruling ayatollah’s real intentions.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said he was "perplexed and saddened that the Iranian government" was sticking to its nuclear ambitions.

In a compromise deal with France, Germany and United Kingdom last October, Iran accepted to sign the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and suspend enriching uranium.

In a statement, the Union of Iranian Republicans (UIR) called Saturday on the authorities to respect its engagements with the IAEA, stay with the NPT and ratify the Additional Protocols.

“Our national interests make it necessary for Iran to convince the international community about its nuclear programs. We must remain within the NPT, continue suspending enriching uranium and build more centrifuges”, the UIR added in the statement published by the Germany-based Iran-Emrooz website. (www.iran-emrooz.de).

“We must present the world a crystal-clear picture of all our nuclear activities, in order to build confidence, we must continue not enriching uranium and put in use more centrifuges, we must at the same time respect all our engagements concerning atomic programs”, the organisation that fight for a secular and democratic Iran, said.

The UIR also expressed concern over present international atmosphere, the escalation of verbal threat between Tehran and Tel Aviv, the failure of all the last meetings between Iranian en European officials and above all, hawkish statements by Iranian militaries and clerical circles and calls in the Majles for rejecting the Additional Protocols to the NPT.

The Europeans know that if Iran masters the technology for enrichment it has a potential (military) nuclear capability and that will change the (political) equation in the region”, Hoseyn Mousavian, the Head of the International Department at the Supreme Council for National Security told the State-run Television, assuring that Iran was prepared to guarantee that enrichment would not be used for military purposes.

"We are prepared to build trust and provide a guarantee that our enrichment activities will always be peaceful", he said without elaborating further.

Not only Iran does not need a nuclear weapon, but also the nuclearisation of Iran would certainly trigger a race for such arms in the whole of the Middle East

But for the Iranian Republicans, no trust could be build seriously without prior normalisation with the United States, the superpower that has placed the Islamic Republic in its “axis of evil” and is applying formidable pressures on the regime to abandon its ambitions to become a nuclear military power.

In an article published in the London-based Nimrooz weekly newspaper, Mr. Dariush Homayoun, a veteran Iranian political analyst notes that the idea largely shared by many Iranians that we need to become nuclear as a deterrent force is wrong.

“Not only Iran does not need a nuclear weapon, but also the nuclearisation of Iran would certainly trigger a race for such arms in the whole of the Middle East", he added.

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However, and despite increased pressures by Washington over the Vienna-based international nuclear watchdog to transfer the case of Iran to the United Nations Security Council for sanctions against Tehran in the one hand and growing dissatisfaction of Europe’s Big 3 with Iran, experts and diplomats said they doubt the IAEA, in its forthcoming meeting scheduled for 13 September, would oblige. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 4904

 

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