Tehran, 30 Oct. (IPS) Iran has informed Russia that it is 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, well informed sources told Iran Press Service, referring to the surprise visit to Tehran of Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Serguei Lavrov.
Though nothing is reported from Tehran or Moscow about the sudden visit, except a brief item by the Russian Interfax agency that the visit concerns “Iranian atomic activities and bilateral relations”, but sources said he was informed by Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran has accepted Mr. Putin’s proposals and is ready to work with Moscow on the details on implementing them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his trip to Tehran, had a special message for Iranian officials
It was Mr. Ali Larijani, the then Secretary of Supreme Council on National Security and the senior Iranian nuclear negotiator who revealed that Mr. Putin had submitted to the Iranian leader some proposals to help getting Iranian nuclear standoff with the international community out of the present impasse.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his trip to Tehran, had a special message for Iranian officials, which included the nuclear programme. The Guide told him he would consider the proposals and let him know the results afterward”, Mr. Ali Larijani, who resigned from his post as the Secretary of the SCNS and senior coordinator of nuclear problem was quoted by the official Iranian news agencies as having revealed
Pressed to give details of the Russian proposals, Mr. Larijani had said “the public would be informed on time”.
Since then, a lot of water has passed under the bridges of the controversial Iranian nuclear crisis; the most important, dramatic and surprising was the sudden resignation of Mr. Larijani, and the second, to day’s visit of Mr. Lavrov.
Though he had not revealed anything about Mr. Putin’s proposals to Mr. Khameneh’i, but informed sources had told Iran Press Service that after having “bluntly, openly and very clearly” warned his host that the Americans were very serious on attacking Iran and the Security Council very serious to consider very tough sanctions against Iran in case Tehran continue to reject the demands formulated by the 5+1, there is nothing Russia can do for Iran and would have to obey by the Security Council’s decision.
Russian President Putin paid a historic visit to the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenehi
To get out of the impasse, he suggested to “consider” the proposals made earlier by Mr. Mohammad ElBaradei, the Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to both Iran and the Security Council for a “time out”, based on suspension by Iran of enriching uranium and for the 5+1 suspending the sanctions for the duration of negotiations between Tehran and the IAEA.
Despite his resignation, Mr. Larijani accompanied his successor, Mr. Sa’id Jalili, a former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister known to be a “man of the President” met last week Mr. Xavier Solana, the EU’’s Chief Minister for Foreign and Security Affairs, who also acts as representative of the 5+1 in Rome.
At the same time, at least two occasions, the fanatic Iranian President, has said that Iran was “ready to consider, study and even accept proposals if they are reasonable, constructive and interesting”.
The same phrase was also said by Mr. Jalili, the new top nuclear negotiator, after his meeting with Mr. Solana.
Meanwhile, Mr. Putin has intensified his opposition to one sided threats against Iran. “What’s the use of running around like a madman with a razor blade at hands and threatening, but it is not the best way to resolve the problem”, he said in Lisbon in a clear reference to the American continued menaces of attacking Iran.
What’s the use of running around like a madman with a razor blade at hands and threatening
"Why make the situation worse, bring it to a dead end, threaten sanctions or even military action", he had said last Thursday ahead of an EU-Russia summit in the Portuguese Capital.
“The ruling Iranian ayatollahs genuinely think that the Russians have the best of espionage services and therefore they are the best informed about what goes on in the White House, 10 Downing Street of the Elysee Palace. So, when Putin told Khameneh’i very clearly that the Americans are serious attacking Iran, he took him seriously. That’s the reason why he did not rejected Putin’s proposals”, the source said.
Since Tehran has not rejected, but also not accepted Mr. ElBaradei’s “time out”, is not difficult for Tehran to agree with it, as it has also been accepted by all other Iranian interlocutors, including the Americans.
“Iran does not loose anything, since it has no nuclear electrical power station yet. By accepting the “time out”, and continue negotiations with the IAEA and the 5+1, as it is doing and well, according to Mr. ElBaradei, negotiations that can not go on for very longtime, Iran can prove its sincerity when it insists that its nuclear programme is for civilian purposes and not making weapons of mass destruction”, the same source added.
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.
China also issued an unusually blunt statement saying it remained opposed to further sanctions against Iran and insisted diplomacy was the best way to resolve the issue. "Under the current circumstances we do not support further sanctions, as that would worsen the situation," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters.
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