PARIS, 21 Feb (IPS) As negotiations between Iran and the Russians in the one hand and the Europeans on the other failed to yield concrete results, more than a hundred Iranians of all walk told the international community that the best way to solve the nuclear crisis is to support “the struggle of Iranian people for democracy and freedom”.
In Moscow, where an Iranian delegation was discussing the proposal to enrich uranium for Iran in Russia, Mr. Ali Hoseynitash, the head of the Iranian negotiator described to the official Iranian news agency IRNA that the talks as “positive’, adding however that “more studies were needed to be carried out on several points of the proposal”.
We condemn the clandestine nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past, and call for and support full transparency of Iran’s nuclear programs.
In Brussels, where the Iranian party was headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, it was a straight flop. “The Iranians presented no new initiatives, kept on repeating old demands (for enriching uranium in Iran), Mr. Xavier Solana, the Spanish EU Minister for Foreign and Security Affairs told journalists.
The core of the problem is that while the international community led by the United States, France, Germany and Britain wants the ruling Iranian ayatollahs to stop all their sensitive nuclear activities, mostly enriching uranium, a step that could help producing nuclear fuel for both civilian and military uses, the Islamic Republic of Iran insists that it its “normal right” to full nuclear technology for peaceful aims.
Mr. Mottaki also exploded one diplomatic bombshell on his return to Tehran, stating that Iran would "no more" talk to the so-called EU3, "but to European countries on individual basis;.
In a statement published on several Iranian internet sites, more than a hundred of Iranians living both inside and outside Iran express their serious concern about the nuclear standoff and refuting Iranian regime arguments, they say that “a halt in the enrichment program in Iran would not harm Iran’s capability in nuclear industry”.
“We condemn the clandestine nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past, and call for and support full transparency of Iran’s nuclear programs”, the signatories of the statement said, adding that they “suspicious of the true aims of the Iranian regime in its nuclear program, and share the concerns of the international community in this regard”.
Bellow is the full text of the statement:
Democratic change in Iran is the best guarantee for solving the international impasse over Iran’s nuclear program.
The concerns of the international community about the nuclear programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the response by the Iranian regime to these concerns, have resulted in a tense and dangerous situation detrimental to stability and peace in the Middle East and far beyond.
We as concerned Iranians of diverse political outlooks and tendencies wish to express our common position on this vital international issue and plead for international understanding and backing of these positions.
1. We firmly believe in the inalienable right of the Iranian people to acquire and exploit nuclear technology and know-how for peaceful purposes.
2. We regard proliferation of nuclear weapons as a major threat to world peace, and support the international Non-Proliferation Treaty and other peaceful international initiatives for controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.
3. We regard nuclear weapons as weapons of mass destruction whose use are morally deplorable and legally indefensible, and support all international efforts towards nuclear disarmament and the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
4. We condemn the clandestine nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past, and call for and support full transparency of Iran’s nuclear programs.
5. We are suspicious of the true aims of the Iranian regime in its nuclear program, and share the concerns of the international community in this regard. We are of the opinion that in the absence of a democratic system in Iran, and with the stated aims and intentions of the Islamic Republic, it is incapable of securing the trust of the international community in its nuclear program.
6. We are of the opinion that a halt in the enrichment program in Iran would not harm Iran’s capability in nuclear industry. Iran has a great pool of expertise and know-how in nuclear industry both inside and outside the country, and in a democratic Iran these could be called upon to work on a transparent nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
7. In these circumstances and in order to alleviate international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, we support the call by the international community for a complete halt to the enrichment program in Iran in exchange for the supply of all necessary materials and technology for Iran’s nuclear power program.
8. We strongly oppose any military intervention in Iran and regard such action as detrimental to democracy in Iran and peace and security in the region, and plead with the world community to channel all its resources through the democratic Iranian opposition for change in Iran rather than act through military means.
9. We firmly believe that democratic change in Iran is the best guarantee for solving the international impasse over Iran’s nuclear program. We call on the international community to support the Iranian people’s campaign for democracy and human rights as a means to solve the nuclear program issue. ENDS ANTI NUKE STATEMENT 21206