TEHRAN-PARIS, 22 July (IPS) With less than two weeks to oath taking by Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, the relations between Tehran and its main European negotiators on Iran’s controversial atomic projects crosses a “zone of turbulence”, Iranian and European analysts observes.
“It seems that the global monopolistic powers are determined to violate the legitimate right of Iranian nation in making use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In case such a legitimate right would be violated, he warned, it would be recorded as a In case such a legitimate right would be violated, he warned, it would be recorded as a disgrace in our history”, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani warned during the traditional Friday prayers.
In case such a legitimate right would be violated, he warned, it would be recorded as a disgrace in our history.
"We should adopt a very precise strategy to eliminate the possibility of violation of this legitimate right for Iranian nation. If such shame happens, it would constitute a very grave innovation whose acceptance would not be easy for the Iranian nation”, the Chairman of the Assembly for Discerning the Interests of the State (ADIS) told worshippers, adding: “It is not acceptable for our people as well as our wise officials to let such disgrace be recorded in our history”.
The warning by the former president who was badly defeated in the last president elections at the hands of the relatively unknown Ahmadi Nezhad came one day after Iran presented Britain, France and Germany a “comprehensive plan” to be taken by the European Troika as a “basis” for their final proposals to be handed over the Iranians by the next month of August.
The remarks were a follow up to statement by the president-elect to the leader-controlled, State-owned Television that though he would stand by Iran’s international commitments, but he would not accept the nation be deprived of nuclear technologies.
Though the European Union’s so-called “Big 3” have acknowledged the election of the former Mayor of Tehran to the presidency saying they would “respect the decision of Iranian voters”, but at the same time they have warned the Islamic Republic against producing nuclear weapons, something the United States, Israel and some other nations accused Iranian ayatollahs of being after.
“The same we hate weapons of mass destruction, including atomic bomb, the same we hate depriving our people from its legitimate right of access to nuclear technologies for peaceful uses”, Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad assured.
As senior Iranian officials were reiterating that they would “under no circumstances” accept to be denied nuclear technologies, the French President Jacques Chirac, in a visible change of language, warned Tehran of the possibility of transferring the Iranian nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions.
In an interview granted to the liberal Israeli newspaper “Ha’aretz” on the eve of Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visit to France on Wednesday, the embattled French President said that if European negotiations with Iran fail to eliminate the threat of nuclear proliferation, then the issue will have to be moved to the UN Security Council.
"I hope that [the European negotiations with Iran] will succeed and eliminate the danger of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If this does not prove to be the case, it will, of course, be necessary to transfer the handling [of the Iranian problem] to the UN Security Council", Mr. Chirac said.
According to observers, this is the first time that Mr. Chirac warns Tehran of the possibility of imposing sanctions on Iran, as until now, the European Troika was resisting American pressures to transfer the Iranian nuclear file to the United Nations.
The French warning follows a sharp deterioration of relations between the Islamic Republic with both London and Berlin.
Britain protested furiously to Iran over comments by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a close friend of Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, saying that the 7 July bombing of three tube lines and a double-decker bus in London by Muslim terrorists might have been deliberately carried out by the British government.
Speaking to worshippers during the traditional Friday prayers one day after the attacks that left at least 56 people dead and 700 wounded, Mr. Janati, who is the Secretary of the powerful Council of Guardians, said “one possibility for the bombing is that the British government itself created this situation”.
I hope that nuclear talks with Iran will succeed, if not, of course, it would be necessary to transfer the case to the UN Security Council.
“To understand who is behind these events, you need to look at who profits from them. It’s the Americans who profited from September 11 and today it’s the British who are profiting from these attacks. They say that it’s to fight terrorism that they have to go to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, and that’s how they justify their presence in those countries”, he added.
“These allegations are insulting and ridiculous”, a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London said in a strongly worded statement.
“It is a shame that a recent official letter of condolence over the bombings from the Iranian embassy in London and condemnations by Iranian government spokesmen in Tehran have been followed by such irresponsible statements”, the spokesman said, adding that the Foreign Office had “protested strongly” to the Iranian ambassador in London.
A week before, Tehran and Berlin had exchanged an unprecedented war of words and protests and counter-protests over a statement by the German’s Interior Minister speaking of a “possible” involvement of the Iranian president-elect, who is a former Revolutionary Guards officer, in the assassination, in Vienna, of Dr. Abdol Rahman Qasemlou, the charismatic leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan on September 1989. Spiegel
In an interview for the German weekly “Der Spigel”, Herr Otto Schily expressed his concern about "a fundamentalist coming to power in Tehran".
He was referring to Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad, who was elected president of Iran on 24 June 2005 and opponents claim that he had participated in the murder of Dr. Qasemlou.
Ever since the German defense minister accused the Iranian president of having been involved in terrorist activities, the diplomatic exchange between Berlin and Tehran has taken an unusually acrimonious tone.
The declaration met with a strong protest from Iran, with Hamid Reza Asefi, the official spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry describing the remarks as "unfounded and laughable" and advising the German minister "to express himself more carefully, get rid of the influence of Zionist circles and respect democratic principles."
In a rebuttal, the spokesman for the German Interior Ministry Rainer Lingenstahl described Mr. Asefi’s remarks as "unbelievable outrageousness."
"It would be difficult to surpass the effrontery of such a voice from a country in which human rights are constantly abused, in which women are flogged as a consequence of dubious sentences, and in which critics of the regime, who have no access to legal support and appropriate legal procedures, are kept in isolation for months", said Lingenstahl, according to a Deutsche Welle report.
"If there is a place in which democratic principles ought to be respected, as my colleague from the Iranian foreign ministry believes he needs to establish, then he should turn to his own country", he added.
Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad was also accused of being one of the islamist revolutionary students who took part in the attack on the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, taming 55 American diplomats and staff as hostage for 444 days.
The growing tensions between Iran and Germany are possibly related to the stagnating negotiations about Iran's atomic weapons. Although Great Britain, France and Germany insist that Iran gives up its plans for accumulating uranium, Iran has repeatedly turned down that request. ENDS IRAN TROIKA 22705