Iran Optimistic as Obama Capitulates (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/30/12)
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An Iranian envoy voiced hope on Monday that talks with the UN nuclear
watchdog in mid-May would help resolve "outstanding issues."
However, Iran´s ambassador to the Vienna-based IAEA, Ali Asghar
Soltanieh, again ruled out any halt to Tehran´s controversial uranium
The International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] said on Saturday it
would resume discussions with Iran nearly two months after the last
meeting on Iran´s nuclear program, on 14-15 May.
"We hope that this will be a very constructive and successful
meeting," Soltanieh told reporters in vienna.
"The main purpose is to negotiate on a modality and framework to
resolve outstanding issues and remove ambiguities," he added, echoing
language Iranian officials have used prior meetings that failed to
He said that such a "framework" for future co-operation would have to
be agreed to before Iran would grant the IAEA access to sites where
the nuclear watchdog, Israel, the United States, several European
Union countries, and the Gulf Arab states believe military nuclear
work is being undertaken.
Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which
obligates Tehran to allow IAEA inspectors full and unrestricted
access to all of its nuclear sites.
"Every action will be implemented based on this framework,
afterward," Soltanieh said when asked whether the IAEA could visit
Parchin southeast of the capital Tehran.
The IAEA last November issued a report detailing alleged Iranian
research and development activities that were relevant to
manufacturing nuclear weapons, lending independent weight to Western
suspicions based on intelligence soundings.
"We [will] never stop enrichment activities in Iran," Soltanieh said,
describing it as an "inalienable right."
Western diplomats have said Tehran still appeared to be stonewalling
over the body´s most pressing demand to let its inspectors visit the
However, US president Barack Obama indicated he is ready to
capitulate to Iranian demands.
The Obama administration now is willing to allow 5 percent enrichment
if Iran were to take other major steps to curb its ability to develop
a nuclear bomb,” the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
"Other steps” appears to refer to inspection by United Nations
officials and undefined safeguards.
The proposed concession by Obama will likely stake out a policy
difference in his race against de facto GOP presidential candidate
Mitt Romney, who has charged the US president has implemented a
failed and weak foreign policy.
However, Americans are far more concerned with the domestic economy
than Obama´s foreign policy decisions.
The new concession will also strain already difficult relations
between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu told
CNN earlier this month, “They have to stop all enrichment," including
even 3 percent grade uranium. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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