Skip to comments.Iran nuclear negotiator cancels Europe visit
Posted on 02/09/2007 8:28:38 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's chief nuclear negotiator canceled on Friday a trip to a conference in Germany where U.N. officials had hoped talks with European policy makers would secure a "time out" in a row over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
"We have heard that Mr (Ali) Larijani will not be coming to the conference due to illness," Horst Teltschik, chief organizer of the Munich Security Conference, told Reuters.
Earlier, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran and the West to avoid "an uncontrolled chain reaction" toward conflict and said he hoped a solution would be found at Munich talks.
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Tehran says it is refining uranium only for power plant fuel. Western leaders suspect a disguised atom bomb project.
"There is an urgent need for creative diplomacy and leadership. A durable peaceful solution will not come through pressure only," ElBaradei said in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine released on Friday.
"illness" my foot
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani smile as they meet each others in Tehran, Iran May 2, 2006. Larijani said the United States is intent on toppling Tehran's government whatever happens in talks over its nuclear plans, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. REUTERS/Fars News
Isn't Iran making some kind of announcement on Sunday?
BALL OF FIRE
"If we only focus on sanctions ... that confrontation (risks) ending in an uncontrolled chain reaction ... In the Middle East today, where it's like a ball of fire, you have to be very cautious," ElBaradei said.
Iran has promised an announcement of "significant" nuclear progress on Sunday when it crowns 10 days of celebrations marking the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic revolution.
Washington is building up forces in the Gulf but says it is committed to diplomacy and has no intention of invading Iran.
ElBaradei said the "time out" could run for three months, allowing time for a comprehensive settlement covering not just nuclear issues but security and trade, which have polarised relations between Iran and the United States for 25 years.
A diplomat from a major EU power said it was possible a formula for a pause in enrichment and sanctions steps might be floated at the talks in Munich.
But the United States and Britain were concerned not to diverge from the Security Council demand on Tehran to shelve nuclear work first to earn trust lost by hiding enrichment research until 2003 and then impeding IAEA probes.
"The Security Council has been clear. If Iran takes the steps required, we can renew talks about a long-term agreement on the basis of (our) generous proposals made last year," said a British Foreign Office official.
(Additional reporting by Sophie Walker in London and Tom Armitage in Berlin)
I think the majority of the announcement has already leaked out
Iranian artists perform as they hold up samples of enriched uranium in Mashad, east of Tehran, April 11, 2006. Iran will seek to show a nation united behind its nuclear program on Sunday but pressure from the West and voices counselling caution at home have dampened prospects for a grand announcement about atomic progress. [Reuters]
Same thoughts here. Iran got a cold when it realized that it faces SecDef Gates and other representatives of its enemies in Munich.
Yup, they've been organizing rallies this past week.
They love to use (abuse) kids for them too.
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