Larijani to West: Don't provoke Iran
Iran's Parliament Speaker Larijani says the West should seriously heed IAEA chief ElBaradei's warnings and prevent provoking Iran, reported PressTV.
"There is little chance for interaction. You have reached the final minutes of your defeated game," Ali Larijani rhetorically addressed Western powers during the Majlis open session in Tehran on Wednesday.
"Why do you tread the path of confrontation if you intend to hold negotiations with Iran?" Larijani asked the West, referring to the package of incentives drawn up by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (5+1 Group). The package was presented to the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki by the EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana on June 14 and offers Iran a set of political and economic incentives in exchange for the country's suspension of its uranium enrichment activities.
Iranian officials have said all along that they will not consider any proposal that might violate Iran's legitimate right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful applications.
The speaker recommended the West not to carry out a measure which would result in a higher cost.
"Western powers are on the threshold of an impasse. The Iranian and regional nations are scrutinizing their moves," Larijani stressed.
He futher stated that Iran would change its policies on the nuclear case if the West intends to use negotiations as a means to justify its illegal measures.
Larijani added that the issues of human rights and Iran's nuclear program have been changed into a pretext for certain Western countries for their diplomatic and media fraud.
"You know that your wrong strategies in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan have borne not fruit, but hatred. The little chance for interaction with Iran requires rational and constructive signs," the Speaker said.