Iran’s Response to West’s Proposal on Nuclear Program to be Positive: Iranian Experts

Politics Materials 7 July 2008 12:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 July / corr. Trend D. Khatinoglu/ The first positive feedback of the Iranian officials on the package of proposals introduced to Iran by West gave hopes to the international community that the problem concerning the nuclear program of Iran would be solved. "The facts show that Iran's response to the proposals developed by West will be positive," Muhammad Sahimi, the US expert of Iranian origin said to Trend .

According to IRNA new agency of Iran, the Iranian ambassador to Belgium Ali Asgar Haji submitted Iran's response to West's proposal on 5 July during his meeting with Javier Solana, EU High Commissioner on External Policy and Security. Though the final decision of Iran is not yet available, Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to the spiritual leader of Iran ayatollah Ali Khamenei and foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki said that there were positive moments in the proposal.

"The latest European proposal to Iran suggested that, in order for the negotiations to start, Iran promises that it will not add more centrifuges to its uranium enrichment facility at Natanz for six weeks. It did not ask Iran to freeze all enrichment activities. This is an acceptable proposal," said Sahimi, expert on nuclear program of Iran and professor on petrochemical sciences of California University.

According to Sahimi, Both Velayati and Mottaki have indicated that Iran will accept the proposal. "At the same time, although publicly Iranian leaders say that they are not afraid of an attack by the United States and/or Israel, or that they think that the attacks are not likely, they are actually concerned about it. Therefore, I believe that Iran will accept the proposal," Sahimi said by electronic mail.

" Iran is obliged to accept West's proposals. I think Iran will totally stop uranium enrichment and will obtain uranium for the nuclear stations from the consortium established by other countries," Mehran Berati, Germany-based Iranian expert said to Trend .

According to Berati, the reasons compelling Iran to accept the proposal is both developments in the region and foreign pressure and rising disagreements within the country and denunciation of several high rank officials in corruption. "The discussions in the US Congress over freezing the accounts of the largest bank of Iran - National Bank - in Germany, France an Great Britain, economic sanctions and sanction levied on the oil industry of Iran exerts unbearable pressure on Tehran," Berati said from Berlin by telephone.

According to Berati, the talks between Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas and Israel and large-scale military offensive by US against Shiite groups under the patronage of Iran in Iraq drove Tehran into a corner. "The denunciation of the high rank officials by Abbas Palizdrar, member of Council for Investigation in Judicial System aggravation of the economic situation within the country and internal disagreements frightened Iran. The chances of Israel's attack on Iran and bombing of the nuclear facilities became more real," Berati said.

The political power of the Iranian President within the country has exhausted and he is accused by the various flanks of the government of the radical policy.

During his visit to Tehran on 14 June Solana introduced Tehran proposals developed by 5+1 (permanent members of the UN Security Council). West promised Iran to render financial support and to provide light water plants and nuclear stations with uranium once Iran stops uranium enrichment. The proposals of West include other political and economic concessions as well.

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