Iran issues warning ahead of P5+1 talks over nuke program (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/20/12)
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Iran on Sunday issued a warning against Western nations ahead of the
upcoming P5+1 negotiations over its contentious nuclear program, and
called for an end to the "Zionists´ pressures," FARS news agency
Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers held
talks on Iran´s controversial nuclear program in Istanbul on April 14
and are scheduled to meet again on Wednesday in Baghdad.
In a statement released Sunday, the Iranian parliament called on the
West "to give up their strategy of deceit and dual-track" policy.
"We warn the Group 5+1 (sic) to respect the rights of the Iranian
nation, act on the basis of the 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," FARS quoted Iran´s parliament as saying.
Western diplomats said last week that Iran is installing more
centrifuges in an underground plant but does not yet appear to be
using them to expand higher-grade uranium enrichment that could take
it closer to producing atom bomb material.
They say Iran´s production of uranium refined to a fissile
concentration of 20 percent, which it started two years ago, seems to
have remained steady in recent months after a major escalation of the
work in late 2011 and early this year.
Getting Iran to stop the higher-level enrichment is expected to be a
priority for world powers when they meet with Iran in Baghdad.
Nuclear bombs require uranium enriched to 90 percent, but much of the
effort required to get there is already achieved once it reaches 20
percent concentration, shortening the time needed for any nuclear
Tehran denies Western accusations of a nuclear weapons agenda and
says it has a sovereign right to peaceful nuclear technology,
repeatedly rejecting UN resolutions calling for a suspension of all
But it has at times appeared more flexible when it comes to the
refinement to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, which it says it
needs to fuel a medical research reactor in Tehran.
Experts say that initially getting Iran to stop this work could open
a way to ease the deadlock.
Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday stated that Iran
would choose survival over nuclear capability, but urged negotiation
Western powers to be wary of Iranian deception.
Speaking at a conference sponsored by Motorola, Ya´alon said that the
Iranians are trying manipulate- to negotiate while proceeding with
its nuclear program, adding that he hopes the negotiating powers
would not fall for Iran´s strategy.
The European Union has stated that it will impose tougher sanctions
on Iran if it fails to take concrete steps to allay international
concerns over its nuclear program. Tehran is facing a raft of
intensified international sanctions, including an EU ban on its crude
oil exports, which is due to take full effect on July 1.
The UN nuclear chief Director General Yukiya Amano was set to fly to
Tehran on Sunday in an apparent bid to secure a deal enabling his
inspectors to probe suspicions of atomic bomb research. The
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief scheduled a meeting
for Monday on short notice, prompting diplomats to comment that an
agreement on new inspections may be near.
The IAEA wants Iran to clarify issues raised by an agency report last
year that revealed intelligence pointing to past and possibly ongoing
activity in the country of use in developing the means and
technologies needed to build nuclear bombs. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/20/12)
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