A-Jad Appoints Himself Miss Manners for West (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/14/12)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday urged the West
to "correct its manners" if it wants to "win the respect of Iranians"
ahead of nuclear talks in Baghdad later this month.
"If the West corrects its manners and respects the Iranian people, in
return it will gain the respect of the Iranians," the official IRNA
news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
"They should know that the Iranian nation will not retreat a step
over its fundamental right," he said, reiterating that the Islamic
Republic would continue its nuclear drive.
Iranian Foreign Ministry´s spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday
joined Ahmadinejad and called on world powers to "avoid a policy of
pressure in the upcoming Baghdad nuclear talks."
Mehmanparast cautioned the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the
UN Security Council plus Germany – that the policy of pressure
against Iran will not yield their desirable results in the next round
The last round of nuclear talks held in Istanbul in April, resulted
in platitudes from all sides but no results other than an agreement
to meet again in the Iraqi capital on May 23.
"If the P5+1 enter the talks with the goal of cooperation in a
positive atmosphere, we (Iran) will welcome it, too," the spokesman
Their remarks came as Iranian officials in Vienna met with senior
officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency to discuss
Tehran´s continued refusal to allow UN inspectors access to its
Iran, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, is
obligated to allow the UN watchdog access to its site for inspections
to ensure it is complying with the treaty.
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said recently that access to the suspected
Parchin nuclear was a "priority" and said in March that "activities"
spotted by satellite there "makes us believe that going there sooner
is better than later."
In March, Amano charged Iran with a systemic attempt to cover up
nuclear activity of a military nature saying, "Iran is not telling us
His remarks came after two IAEA reports citing "credible foreign
intelligence" that charged Iran had engaged in nuclear activities
that only had military applications.
One specific charge included high-explosives tests conducted in a
special chamber in Parchin, which IAEA inspectors believe were aimed
at developing a working detonator for a nuclear core.
Western nations have accused Iran of removing evidence from Parchin
and other sites, a charge Iran has dismissed as "a childish (and)
ridiculous story made out of nothing."
Ahmadinejad´s lecture on manners is unlikely to impress Western
leaders who have levied numerous rounds of sanctions on Tehran over
its refusal to honor its NPT commitments, and who believe Iran is
seeking an atom bomb.
Israeli officials charge the talks are a waste of time saying Iran is
using them to buy more time for its bid for nuclear weapons, which
Jerusalem has said is unacceptable.
Analysts believe the likelihood of an Israeli strike on Iran´s
nuclear facilities in the coming months will dramatically increase
should the Baghdad talks fail. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/14/12)
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