Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr D. Khatinoglu / "In the case of Iran rejecting the proposal of the Persian Gulf countries on fuel supply for the production of nuclear energy instead of stopping attempts to create a nuclear bomb, then Washington's accusations with respect to Tehran will become credible. "The Arabic plan providing a way out of the Iranian nuclear program is Tehran's last chance to prove that its nuclear program has peaceful purposes," Iranian political scientist and nuclear expert, Ahmad Shirzad, said.
Earlier it was reported that Persian Gulf countries, which are allies of the United States, are ready to establish a consortium on supply of fuel to Iran for production of nuclear energy. A condition will be Iran stopping its attempts to create a nuclear bomb. According to the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud Al-Feysal, construction of a uranium enrichment plant in a neutral territory might take the strain off the world. "The consortium will distribute uranium in accordance with requirements and will provide for its use only to peaceful targets," the Prince stressed. Russia in turn also offered its fuel to Iranian nuclear stations.
Ahmad Shirzad said to Trend in a telephone conversation from Teheran on 3 November that if Iran wants to prove the peacefulness of its nuclear program, then it should accept one of the offers. "Otherwise, the international community will agree with the United States' statements that Tehran is trying to create a nuclear bomb," he said.
Iranian political scientist in Sweden Davoud Kaviani believes Iran will not accept either of the proposals. " Iran needs a nuclear bomb in order to have privileges and to gain a foothold in the international scene. Iran will never stop its uranium enrichment. Under the pretext of discussions with IAEA Iran refuses to seriously consider any proposal. But that opportunity will very soon expire. The IAEA and Iran will complete discussions on 19 November, and in my mind, the discussions will not give any satisfactory results," Kaviani said.
Iran asserts its right to nuclear research stating that it develops only peaceful energy. The West is threatening Iran with sanctions and the United States allude to military invasion.
Reuters reported on 3 November that Iran had sated its readiness to join the Middle East's uranium consortium, which would provide Middle East countries with enriched uranium. "In case Arabic countries are ready to be involved in the establishment of such a consortium together with Iran, we still follow our prior proposals and are ready to work over the issue," a representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Reza Bageri said. But he did not say which status Iran prefers to have in that consortium - supplier or purchaser of uranium.