Iran´s Chief Negotiator: Time to End Western Pressure on Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 05/19/12)
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Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, has dismissed recent
comments by Western states that time is running out for dialogue with
Tehran, and said time is running out not for Iran but for the Western
powers´ increasing pressure against the Iranian nation.
“Today, what is running out is the time for applying pressure and
this approach has failed to bear results,” Jalili said, according to
a report in the Fars news agency.
He added that pressure on Iran has not only failed to impede its
nuclear progress but has encouraged the nation to localize nuclear
Jalili noted that Tehran´s move on the path of progress is
His comments were made before the UN nuclear watchdog announced that
its chief, Yukiya Amano, will visit Iran on Monday and meet Jalili.
Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials met in
Vienna this week for their first talks in three months, which were
described by the agency as “a good exchange of views.”
According to a statement by the IAEA on Friday, during his Tehran
visit Amano will “discuss issues of mutual interest with high Iranian
officials.” The statement added that aside from Jalili, there will be
meetings with “senior representatives of the Iranian government,” but
no further details were provided.
Amano´s visit comes ahead of a meeting in Baghdad, scheduled for
Wednesday, between Tehran and a group of world powers, to discuss
concerns over Iran´s suspected nuclear weapons program.
Jalili said, according to Fars, that the upcoming talks must revolve
around cooperation based on the inalienable rights of the Iranian
“Talks for cooperation, based on the alienable rights of the Iranian
nation, must be put on the table in Baghdad,” he was quoted as having
said in Tehran on Thursday.
He expressed Iran´s readiness for talks on cooperation, rejecting
recent Western claims that time is running out for dialogue.
Earlier this week The Associated Press published a graphic rendering
of a pressurestructure that may prove Iran is developing a nuclear
weapon. The drawing is believed to have come from inside the Parchin
military site near Tehran. It shows a cylindrical explosives
containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests.
A confidential UN report exposed later in the week indicated that
Iran has continued to enrich uranium and develop its nuclear program,
but the sanctions that have been imposed on the Islamic Republic have
slowed down its quest to achieve nuclear weapons. (IsraelNationalNews
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