Paris, 7 Nov. (IPS) The United States has sent a message to Iran, saying they are ready for talks in case Iran “stops its nuclear activities at 3.000 centrifuges“, the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed Wednesday.
“The Big Ill-humoured (the new name Ahmadinejad is bestowing to the United States) has sent a message to the Islamic Republic, saying if you stop at the level of 3.000 centrifuges, we are ready to talk (to you) “, the President told people at Birjand, the capital city of the Southern Khorasan Province, bordering with Afghanistan.
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister was the last high-ranking personality who met Mr. Ahmadinejad on 30 October.
“On behalf of the Iranian people, I told those who brought the message that we had not asked anybody to talk to put conditions for us”, Mr. Ahmadinejad said.
However, while Mr. Ahmadinejad did not say when he got that message and who the messengers were, but observers noted that the last important personality who came to Tehran recently was Mr. Segueri Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, who met Mr. Ahmadinejad on 30 October. While both sides had kept a strict silent of that lightening visit, but the official spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry had told journalists that Mr. Lavrov had no message for Iran.
The private Russian news agency Interfax reported that at the end of his meeting with Ahmadinejad, Lavrov said "Russia is exclusively in favour of a peaceful resolution for the international community's concerns over Iran's nuclear programme" and added that he had told Ahmadinejad to engage "further and, preferably, more active work with the IAEA to clarify questions concerning Iran's nuclear programme".
"We underlined the importance of resolving these questions in order to restore trust in the exclusively peaceful character of Iran's activities in the sphere of nuclear energy", he added.
However, informed sources had told Iran Press Service that Iran has informed Russia that it was ready to “consider” the proposals Russian President Vladimir Putin offered during his “historic” meeting with the Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i on 16 October.
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister was the last important personality to meet Ahmadinejad.
The proposal, according to informed source, was to accept the “time out” formula suggested by the IAEA boss Mohammad ElBaradi calling on Iran to suspend uranium enriching activities and the 5+1 suspending implementation of sanctions during new round of negotiations.
“The other ill-humoured (probably France, Germany and Britain) say we accept your 3.000 centrifuges, but provided that you agree to tell us with which speed you continue you (nuclear) activities, how many new centrifuges you put on work every day of every week?
“Our answer is that first of all who are you for telling us what to do or not to do? Are we asking you how many centrifuges you have, or what you do in your country? How do you like to live? Under which right you ask us such questions?” he went on, again, without saying when those so-called “ill-humoured” had present such a request to Iran?
So far in fact, except Russian and China, the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany are insisting that they are “determined” not allow the Islamic Republic acquiring nuclear weapon, a warfare Iran says it is not seeking.
In his speeches, Mr. Ahmadinejad said Iran had already 3.000 centrifuges under work to enrich uranium. “We have now 3.000 centrifuges machines”, the President told the public, forgetting that almost a month ago, he had insisted that Iran had “put into operation more than 3,000 centrifuges and every week we install a new series" of centrifuges.
Iran had put into operation more than 3,000 centrifuges and every week we install a new series, Mr. Ahmadinejad had said last month.
Speaking at the rally, Ahmadinejad vowed that Iran would continue ignoring Security Council resolutions which have imposed two sets of sanctions on Tehran for its failure to heed ultimatums to suspend enrichment.
"Some people say implement the resolutions but we say the resolutions are based on a wrong report and they are worthless papers", he said, adding: "They should know that the Iranian nation could not care less about the sanctions, the Iranian people will not retreat an iota from any of their rights, especially nuclear rights".
Diplomats and analysts say Iran now appears to have nearly 3,000 installed, divided into 18 cascades of 164 each, but there is still no evidence they are being run together or that all are being fed with uranium for enrichment.
"Iran likely has managed to learn how to operate individual cascades adequately but may still be struggling to operate a large number at the same time in parallel", analysts David Albright and Jacqueline Shire wrote in the November issue of Arms Control Today,....”Iran is likely to need several more months to get (3,000 centrifuges) fully operational", the British news agency Reuters reported. ENDS IRAN CETRIFUGES 71107