Skip to comments.Iranian Alert - March 9, 2005 - Iran tells EU to back down on nukes
Posted on 03/09/2005 2:19:46 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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Iran tells EU to back down on nukesTEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian officials have threatened to break off negotiations with France, Britain and Germany if the three European Union heavyweights continue to insist that Tehran abandon all sensitive atomic activities.
European officials began a new round of talks with Iranian negotiators in Geneva aimed at working out a permanent resolution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear programme, which Washington says is a front to build atomic weapons.
Tehran insists it is intended solely to generate electricity and has rejected an EU demand to terminate its uranium enrichment programme, which could be used to produce fuel for nuclear power plants or atomic weapons.
"If the Europeans refuse our proposals in the talks during the next couple of days, their proposals will be strongly opposed by Iran as well," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted as saying by Iran's students news agency, ISNA.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, European diplomats close to the talks told Reuters no breakthroughs were expected.
In a further sign of defiance, Iran's parliament on Tuesday added a clause to next year's budget bill obliging the government to conduct feasibility studies for the construction of nuclear power plants that would generate 20 gigawatts (GW) of electricity.
The government has so far only announced plans for producing 7 GW of power from nuclear reactors by 2020. Iran's first 1 GW reactor is due to come on stream in late 2006. Despite abundant oil and gas reserves Iran says it needs atomic energy to preserve its export revenues from fossil fuels.
The official IRNA news agency said lawmakers also obliged the government "to take necessary measures to produce and supply part of the fuel" for the reactors.
COMPROMISE OR BUST
The EU says Iran must provide "objective guarantees" that it is not pursuing atomic weapons -- which they say can be nothing short of a termination of enrichment. Iran says increased inspections and limits on enrichment levels would suffice.
Sirus Naseri, a senior member of Iran's negotiating team, told Iran's state television from Geneva that without a compromise there would be no point in further negotiations.
"If ambiguities over the guarantees remain in place, continuation of the talks will be meaningless," he said.
This view was seconded by others in Tehran.
"If the Europeans demand and insist on cessation, it will mean the end of the negotiations," Ali Aghamohammadi, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council's Propaganda Office, told state radio on Monday.
"In that case, surely we will resume our uranium enrichment activities. Also we will accelerate our activities to master the nuclear fuel cycle," he said.
On behalf of the 25-nation EU, the trio have offered Iran economic and political benefits if Tehran gives up enrichment.
In a significant shift in strategy towards arch enemy Iran, U.S President George W. Bush is leaning toward backing the EU offer of incentives, U.S. officials say.
However, he is demanding assurances from Europe that if Iran fails to cooperate, the EU will back a referral to the U.N. Security Council, which could impose sanctions.
Iran has frozen most of its enrichment programme as a voluntary confidence-building measure but has told the EU three the freeze would be short-lived. The Europeans want the suspension made permanent.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
- Ken Timmerman outlines why no deal is possible with Iran. Ken is also the author of a new book to be released soon, "Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran."
- The French Defense Minister writes in the Wall Street Journal," lets be partners."
- The Wall Street Journal argues that Europe's is short sided in desperately seeking filthy lucre.
- A leading secular dissident has declared himself a candidate for president of Iran, but make a few demands...
- Bush calls the war on terror a global conflict.
- Arab nations see the nomination of John Bolton as UN Ambassador as a signal of a tough US position on Iran.
- Ruel Marc Gerecht provides an overview of the Middle East situation after the events in Lebanon, with recommendations for US policy.
- Yesterday was International Woman's day. Some used the occasion to highlight the plight of imprisoned women journalists in Iran.
- Why did Russia finally agree to Iran's nuclear fuel deal. One writer says follow the $.
- And finally, The NY Times is reporting that an intelligence review has found US intelligence to be inadequate in Iran.
Sure Israel knocked out Saddam's reactor, but that was overt, kickass, in your face, use of open military force, by a country that knew that it would exist no longer than the time it took Saddam to develop those bombs.
Sending SpecOps deep into Iran to damage a very heavily guarded installation, in a very alert country, sounds like a fairy tale.
Now if you were to suggest that England has the assets to openly bomb that reactor out of existence, and the stones to use them, then you will get my attention.
I don't think for a moment that anyone in this administration thinks that the EU proposals will go far.
And then we will see what happens.
As for the other posters that believe that Iran is about to undergo a popular rebellion, please do not hold your breath. It's a nice thing to want to believe.
Isn't going to happen.
Today Tehran was scene of a small scale protest of Teachers.
Did you notice that?
The Mullahs finally cancelled the jail and death sentence of that famous university professor today.
Mr. Aghajari, today, was informed about the cancellation of his sentence.
That is some sort of victory of the student movement in Iran!
The Mullahs lift the ban on one of the most vocal papers named NESHAT.
it was the paper who insulted Khamenei and questioned his legitimacy and also printed articles on the Shah and wrote truth about his reign.
Most of the staff writers jailed after the ban and now some of them except one or two are free and they are going to publish the paper again.
Do you know this guy?
No? So let me introduce...
Mr. Ebrahim Yazdi
Former Iranian foreign minister in 1979-80
Former Revolutionary prosecutor of Tehran and responsible for the mass murder of the best Iranian citizens in 1979, Including General Jahanbani, Nasiri, Oveisi, Badrei, Rabiee and lots of the Shah's loyalist civil personnel.
This criminal wants to run for presidency to save the regime from the current quagmire.
I think he is the Iranian version of Ralph Nader.
Iranian Ralph Nader ....LOL
No. What did you hear?
More than 200 Tehrani teachers gathered to protest in front of the Islamic Parliament!
He's an American citizen? And he wants to run for president where? He's got to be joking!
Actually he has an American passports, lived in the US and received medical care in the past few years.
He is a close friend of Berzhinsky/carter as well!
Wouldn't you know it! I guess that's how he managed to become a citizen. I hope the Iranian people don't fall for him.
I am sure no body buys the crap the regime tries to sell.
This guy and any other state reformers who can stand by that onion marked flag has no position among Iranians today!
"The Chinese followed through on it and kept their agreement to the letter," said President Bill Clinton. "I'm well pleased, actually, with the way that issue came out."
But critics of the Clinton administration's policies toward China believe the incident is fresh evidence that China's commitment to keeping its pledge not to help Iran is questionable.
When Iranian Mullahs visit China they stay at the lovely Shenzhen Norinco Hotel
"See...I told you Norinco would come thru"
Cosco...when its just got to get there
"Dammit!....this Iranian T.V. is crap....can't even get Bollywood Porn here....at least Pakistan had Bollywood"!
Former MKO members call on international organizations to help repatriate victims from Iraqi camps
March 8th, 05
Zahedan, March 7, IRNA -- Former members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organizations called on international organizations to help repatriate their friends from Iraqi camp.
Mohammad Nour, one of the former members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) who has returned home from Iraq called on human rights organizations to help those being kept in the camps, come home.
He said that many of those being kept by the MKO had gone abroad to find jobs or for education, but, they have fallen to the trap of the MKO.
Those being kept in the MKO camp are exposed to hard labor without getting any reward. They are not allowed to leave the camp and go back to Iran under pretext that they will be put to death as soon as they arrive home, he said.
He called on the international organizations to help the people kept by the MKO leave the camp.
Some 19 members of the MKO from Sistan-Baluchestan province arrived in Zahedan on Tuesday and were welcomed by their families.
Meanwhile, about 276 penitent MKO members who have returned home after escaping from the camp in Iraq, were handed over to their families, the Salvation Society head said Monday evening.
Speaking at a ceremony on repatriation of eight MKO members, Ali Asghari, added, "Most of them had left Iran in hope of finding jobs, but they were trapped by the MKO agents and later taken to its notorious Ashraf camp in Iraq."
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