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“West should change stance on Iran for positive outcome of talks”

Published: 31/12/2012 07:07:00 PM GMT
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Tehran: There can be positive outcome of the talks between Iran and P5+1 group provided the western countries change their stance on Iran and make their approach positive towards the Islamic Republic.

By Farhan Iqbal


Tehran: There can be positive outcome of the talks between Iran and P5+1 group provided the western countries change their stance on Iran and make their approach positive towards the Islamic Republic.

This was said by a senior Iranian lawmaker during the talks on Saturday who wants to see positive approach by the west towards Iran.

Mehdi Sanaei, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee and Head of the Iranian Center for Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, stated, “Usually positive stances are declared, but at the same time serious negative signals are sent and new sanctions” are imposed against Iran.

He added that such contradictions overshadow hopes for achieving positive results at the talks.

Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany) have held several rounds of talks with the main focus being Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The Iranian lawmaker also stated that the “biggest” obstacle to achieving results in the talks is the West’s “incorrect” approach.

“They (West) simultaneously use the policy of carrot and stick and the policy of pressure and negotiations,” Sanaei said.

The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

On December 13, the US Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on seven Iranian companies and five nuclear experts for what they described as contribution to the country’s nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

However, Israel and the US, being the real enemies of Iran, have been propagating Iran as a threat to the west even though they have failed to produce any solid evidence against the peaceful Iranian nuclear energy program.



Mehdi Sanaei

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