Khamenei’s Statement on Nuclear Program Shows that Iran has Turned Down West’s Proposals: TrendNews Observer
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 June / corr. Trend D. Khatinoglu/ The statement of the religious leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on continuation of nuclear program increases the likelihood of Iran's turning down of West's proposal to suspend uranium enrichment.
On 3 June, during his speech on the occasion of 19th anniversary of death of Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the Iranian revolution, Khomeini stated that the nuclear program of Iran aims only at generating energy and official Tehran is not going to produce nuclear weapon. This statement was not made accidentally prior to the UN High Commissioner Havier Solana's visit to Tehran.
By making this statement, Khamenei, as a top rank official of Iran, has indirectly rejected West's proposal. The permanent member states of the UN Security Council have offered official Tehran economic concessions in lieu of uranium enrichment's suspension. On its part, Iran has developed its own set of proposals to the Six (China, Russia, France, U.S., Great Britain and Germany). The development of alternative set of proposals shows unserious attitude of Iran to West's initiatives.
Iran is afraid of the possible attacks by the United States, and this nuclear program serves as a defense instrument for the security of Islamic government. The nuclear program of the official Tehran will not be suspended until the U.S. guarantees Iran's security.
The 24th and 32nd items of the report by Al-Baradei, secretary general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), introduced to the Board of Judges on 26 May, included accusations against Iran regarding country's aims to produce nuclear weapon. Iran hoped that Al-Baradei's report would support the position of the official Tehran. Iran hoped to obtain more privileges from West with the help of its set of proposals. However, the last report of Baradei had made various accusations toward Iran.
The Iranian leader's turning down of West's proposals, could be expected under such conditions.
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