Thursday, August 24, 2006

Iran to the West: Just give us everything.

Iran: Iran's demands have been leaked and thanks to the EU3 failure to be anything other than a doormat, Iran is just throwing everything out there while they continue on with their nuke program.

The US would have to lift decades-old sanctions against Iran and probably give assurances that it has no policy of regime change towards the Islamic republic to settle Iran's nuclear dispute with the west, according to leaks of the Iranian response. Iran is demanding firmer guarantees on trade and nuclear supplies, a tighter timetable for implementing agreements and clearer security pledges from the west before it decides whether to freeze its uranium enrichment programme and explore an offer of a new relationship. ....In June the Europeans, the US, Russia and China offered Iran an extensive package of incentives if it delivered a verifiable halt to uranium enrichment, a process that can deliver the wherewithal for nuclear bombs. But the negotiations on that package - everything from the fine print of Iran-EU trade agreements to a pact on "regional security arrangements" and the details of European supplies of nuclear reactors for a civil nuclear programme - could take at least 10 years. The Iranians are balking at having to pay up front, by freezing uranium enrichment now, for a set of contracts and agreements that may - or may not - deliver years down the line. The Iranian response to the international offer tabled in June is said to contain about 100 queries. The Iranians want more explicit international recognition of and support for Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy. American sanctions in place against Iran would prevent, for instance, European firms supplying nuclear technology to Iran because the companies would imperil their trade in America. "Is the United States willing to lift some if not all of those sanctions?" Tehran has asked, according to the leak. The response's authors suggest Iran will freeze uranium enrichment if it is persuaded the deal on offer is iron-clad. But European diplomats see the Iranian move as a stalling tactic, while international reaction to the response has been mixed.

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