Iran uses technical talks with IAEA to gain concession with P5+1 - expert

Iran uses technical talks with IAEA to gain concession with P5+1 - expert

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 1 / Trend, S. Isayev, N. Umid

Iran is using the technical talks with IAEA to gain concession in political negotiations with P5+1 group regarding country's nuclear program, expert on nuclear issues Reza Taghizadeh told Trend.

Speaking of the latest Iran-IAEA negotiations, the expert noted that Iran plans to give concession to IAEA if it can earn something from political negotiations in Geneva.

According to ITAR-TASS, at the negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Iranian diplomats proposed a new approach according to which Tehran is ready to go for a substantial simplification of the conditions for the access of international experts to its nuclear facilities.

The next round of talks will be held on November 11 in Tehran.

"In common statements, two sides only have agreed to continue the negotiations and have not announced any progress, which is similar to the previous negotiations during Ahmadinejad's administration," Taghizadeh said.

Taghizadeh expressed an opinion that it will be hard for both sides to give concessions in the next rounds of negotiations. He went on to add that even if Iran gains any concession during the negotiations, this will not neutralize the current situation with sanctions.

Th expert added that during the last ten years Iran's economy has worsened, which is why the country needs to gain concessions during the negotiations.

"Iran's current tactics can't lead the country to a result. If Iran doesn't show its good will with halting its suspicious nuclear activities," Taghizadeh said. "Iran plays a loser's game, and current approach will not lead to a positive result."

"Iran has to achieve an agreement with West, so it's better to do it as soon as possible," he said.

Taghizadeh explained that not everyone in Iran understands the reality of dealing with country's nuclear issue. In particular, he said that the nuclear program that Iran's conservatives see and try to negotiate for, is not what Iran needs, considering that the country produces nuclear fuel.

Taghizadeh further said that if Iran is not able to achieve an agreement with the Western states regarding its nuclear issue, it may also lose its "weapon" in oil and gas.

"Iran will lose its current oil exports, if the situation doesn't change," he said. "Iran should open its sensitive nuclear facilities for voluntary supervision, as a positive step to gain confidence of the opposing side."

On the other hand, expert on international relations Davood Hermidas Bavand told Trend that Iran and IAEA issued a joint statement at the end of the talks for first time which is a positive signal.

He went on to note that, earlier Iran and P5+1 also issued a common statement which shows that two sides achieved a basic agreement regarding the issue.

"If Iran satisfies the IAEA, it will positively affect the negotiation with P5+1," Bavand said, adding that he hopes Iran, P5+1 would achieve some kind of agreement during the negotiations.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.

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