Iran issues threats ahead of Baghdad talks (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Dudi Cohen Published: 05.20.12, 15:14)
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Hours before expected arrival of IAEA chief, days ahead of nuke talks
with world powers, Iran says West must end ´hostile behavior.´
Ya´alon: Don´t fall into Tehran´s trap
Iran is hoping that a visit by the UN nuclear watchdog chief on
Monday will lead to an accord on how to resolve disputes on
monitoring its nuclear activities, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
said in media reports.
But in the meantime, the Iranian parliament is continuing to lash out
against the west, making it clear that they would not accept an
agreement that does not answer all their demands. The Fars news
agency reported that out of 290 Iranian parliament members, 203
signed a manifesto the expresses support for Iran´s negotiating team
ahead of the Baghdad talks with the world powers.
"And now it is the West´s turn to build the Iranian nation´s
confidence and put an end to its hostile behavior," the statement
signed by 203 Iranian parliamentarians said on Sunday.
"We warn the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council
members plus Germany) to respect the rights of the Iranian nation,
act on the basis of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) which is an
internationally accepted norm and free from the Zionists´ pressures
and change the policy of confrontation with the Islamic Republic to a
policy of interaction," the statement stressed.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said its chief, Yukiya Amano,
will arrive in Iran on Monday and meet Tehran´s chief nuclear
negotiator Saeed Jalili.
Earlier this week, Iran and IAEA officials met in the Austrian
capital for their first talks in three months, which were described
by the agency as "a good exchange of views."
While in Tehran, Amano will "discuss issues of mutual interest with
high Iranian officials," the IAEA said in a statement Friday.
Aside from Jalili, the talks will include "senior representatives of
the Iranian government," it noted without elaborating.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi confirmed the visit.
"The director general´s visit is based on earlier invitations from
the head of (Iranian) Atomic Energy Organisation and me last year,"
he told the official IRNA news agency.
Salehi added that Amano will hold talks with Jalili, Freydoon Abassi
Davani, the chief of Iran´s atomic program, and himself, and that the
trip will focus on cooperation between the two sides.
The Baghdad talks might be a last chance for both sides to reach a
compromise following the imposition of severe sanctions on the
Islamic Republic, including a fuel boycott from the EU.
Meanwhile, discussing the upcoming talks in Baghdad, Minister Moshe
Ya´alon said that it would be preferable for the Iranian nuclear
program to be stopped without a military operation.
"Anyone who has experienced war understands that war is the last
thing (you want) even though you always have to be prepared," Ya´alon
noted and expressed his support for sanctions and political isolation
Ya´alon added that "at this stage the Iranians are still maneuvering
in order to play for time…" noting that he "hoped the western
representatives who are currently negotiating with Iran over Tehran´s
nuclear program "don´t fall into the Iranian trap as they did in the
past – of maneuvering in order to play for time." AFP contributed to
the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/20/12)
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