Expert: Iran can deny inspections, if U.S. and EU pressure on Qom facility dismantle
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 10 /Trend S.Isayev/
The U.S. and Europe are going into talks with Iran with a demand for dismantling of the nuclear facility near Qom and the shipping of enriched uranium out of the country which is likely to be non-negotiable from Iran's point of view, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey told Trend.
The expert was commenting on the recent news about Israel urging Iran to close down the nuclear facility at Qoms, stops all uranium enriching, and removes from its territory all uranium enriched over 3.5 percent.
This was spoken by Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu during his meeting with the U.S. president Barack Obama.
"At best, Iran could compromise on allowing inspections if the US assumption is right that Iran is hurting to a degree from the sanctions that it will prove to be more compromising," Dorsey said. "That is an assumption that is risky given Iranian domestic politics."
The United States and other Western countries fear Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, but Tehran insists that its atomic program is for exclusively peaceful purposes.
Speaking about Hillary Clinton's preposition to establish a missile defense shield in the six Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, Dorsey believes Iran will not undertake any hard steps.
"The U.S. already provides the Gulf's security umbrella and there is at this point despite doubts about U.S. reliability know power that can replace it, he said. "An anti-missile defence shield would not constitute a dramatic escalation of the situation".
"If anything, it makes sense for the Gulf as it represents a potential target for Iranian retaliation against an Israeli and/or US attack," Dorsey noted.