Papers urge Tehran to properly react to IAEA resolution on Iran
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA
Four Iranian English-language dailies commented on the United Nation's nuclear watchdog recent resolution on Iran's nuclear case, urging Tehran in different ways to respond to the act so that it would serve national interests.
The 'Iran Daily' referred to the support of the three European states (Britain, Germany and France) for the last Saturday's resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors calling it "an exercise in sheer desperation."
The IAEA Board approved Iran's referral to the UN Security Council in the resolution which was ratified through voting as "having failed to forge a consensus - the norm at the IAEA - the western states pushed for a vote as a last and face-saving mechanism," said the editorial.
It added that since only 22 out of the 35-member IAEA board voted in favor of the anti-Iran resolution, "the West can no longer afford to even talk about an international consensus over Iran's nuclear program."
The daily noted that the systemic and perpetual "manipulation of the UN" by the western governments was the tragic part of the nuclear dispute.
Criticizing the EU3's insistence on pushing the resolution at the IAEA Board's meeting, the paper said "after the EU stubbornly refused to abide by its own commitments, and betrayed Tehran's trust is there any logic in talking to the EU on the nuclear issue?
"The next logical step is to include Russia, China, South-Africa, Venezuela and NAM countries in any future nuclear negotiations," stressed the Iran Daily.
It referred to the usefulness of any further negotiations with London, Paris and Berlin, noting that Tehran should deal with the EU "on the basis of what it essentially is, merely an economic and trading bloc, and no more.
"Politically, London is totally dependent on Washington," the paper stressed.
It suggested Tehran "to turn its foreign policy spotlight on the East," noting that working with the West "has for long been a one-way street that our politicians and policymakers must avoid in the larger interest of the nation."
Meanwhile, the 'Kayhan International' insistently called on the government of the Islamic Republic to voice its objection to the resolution in an official statement.
"It (the government) must resolutely state that it will not cave in to the resolution and indeed is prepared to face any outcome," said the paper.
The editorial also said that Tehran must also announce that "it will withdraw from the NPT."
Criticizing the lawmakers at the Seventh Majlis for not having the "necessary vision or comprehension to safeguard national interests," the daily argued "they have always been one step behind the opponent in the nuclear showdown.
"Kayhan daily saw the existing circumstances coming long ago," the paper said regretfully.
It referred to the suggestions which it had made to the parliament on ratifying a top urgent bill to urge the government to abrogate its agreements with the Agency and withdraw from the NPT as soon as the nuclear dossier was referred to the UNSC or any ratified resolution that resulted in such referral.
"Lawmakers overlooked these suggestions," complained Kayhan International adding "The point is that the West could have reconsidered its decision if faced with such a resolve from the parliament earlier."
"The parliament still has the chance to go ahead with plan for withdrawal - and this time it does not even have to be on the basis of UNSC referral," the paper stressed.
"It is wrong to commit suicide because of the fear of death," it said noting "with a bit of resistance and resolve, UNSC referral could cause little or no serious damage to the country. Instead, it could, in the end, even bring with it some major accomplishments," concluded the paper.
A third newspaper, 'Tehran Times' commented on the same issue noting "if the United States and other Western countries intend to continue their pressure and blackmail, Iran will be obliged to return to the beginning and act intimately in order to access nuclear technology.
"If this happens, other NPT member states might follow Iran's lead, this weakening international organizations," stressed the paper.
It noted that the Iranian nation was currently "on the crossroad of a historic decision which may alter Iran's relations with Western countries and serve as a model for all Third World states." Meanwhile, offering a more moderate view, the 'Iran News' called on Iranian officials and policymakers to "learn from the EU3" which "did what they had to secure the interests of their respective nations.
"They negotiated with Iran for as long as they could but when they saw their long-term strategic interests with the United states in jeopardy, Britain, France and Germany did what they had to secure the interests of their respective nations," argued the editorial.
It suggested the Iranian officials avoid endangering Tehran's long-term interests "by acting in a crude and extremist manner" on Iran's atomic dispute with the international community.
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