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Iran calls US carrot-and-stick approach as dictation, not negotiation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 11, IRNA -- Iran's Ambassador to Germany Ali Reza Sheikh Attar called US and its allies' carrot-and-stick approach towards Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and their quest for direct and indirect talks as dictation not negotiation.

He made the remarks in a scientific seminar named as 'Iran from a Different Perspective' in Berlin hosted by Tehran's embassy. Many Iranian and German political and economic activists attended the ceremony.

“Any kind of negotiation should be based on mutual respect and it should be hold under just and equal terms. The upcoming Iran and G5+1 talks in Kazakhstan pursues its previous agenda which aimed at clarifying the two sides' questions and demands from each other.'

Sheikh Attar questioned the current global system and paradoxical approach of the domineering powers towards world issues and added that why US allies, including the Zionist regime which is not a NPT signatory should be able to enrich uranium without any problem, but discriminately Tehran is questioned and pressured for its peaceful nuclear energy.

'Iran is ready to register Iranian Supreme Leader’s decree on the prohibition of production and use of nuclear bombs as a UN document, but instead it expects that powers’ demand from Tehran do not go beyond the NPT framework.”

Iranian ambassador to Germany pointed to Iran’s nuclear offers in the previous negotiations in Baghdad, Istanbul and Moscow and underlined that based on Iran’s five-stage offer for the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue, Tehran would respond to the West's questions and instead the West will remove the sanctions and pressures, gradually.

“Tehran cannot stop 20 percent enrichment because it needs this level of uranium enrichment for its Tehran research reactor which provides the isotopes required for cancer treatment.”

Reminding western states repeated promises about providing Iran’s required 20 percent enriched uranium, he noted that the Western governments promise about preparing the ground for providing Tehran’s research reactor’s required uranium in exchange for the halt of 20 percent enrichment by Iran is supposed to be another trick.

'There is no reason for the closure of Fordo enrichment facility because it works under the IAEA supervision and is controlled 24 hours by the inspector’s live cameras installed there.”

Sheikh Attar voiced hope that the upcoming talks in Almaty make a result and noted that using the talks as a pressure tool will not lead to a positive consequence.

Responding a question about the impacts of upcoming 2013 presidential election on Iran’s foreign policy, he said that the upcoming presidential election has no impact on Iran’s foreign policy principles, including its stance towards nuclear issue or direct talks with the US.

“Sanctions are old tools used by Iranian nation’s enemies to make them bend towards their illegal demands but the nation will not retreat and its diversified economy can bear any kind of embargo, and hence the West's policy of “carrots and sticks” are a failed approach towards Tehran’s nuclear activities.”

The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States' espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since, but have shown willingness to attend talks to help resolve regional issues, including security in Iraq. Yet, the two countries have avoided talks on bilateral issues for the last thirty years.

In March, White House tried to offer an olive branch to Iran and repair strained ties of nearly three decades. Tehran, meanwhile, said it would only consider the promise after seeing practical changes in the US policies.

Tehran has been under Washington sanctions after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled a US-backed monarch in the country.

The two countries' relations deteriorated following Iran's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology.

Also during the 2009 post-election events in Iran, Iranian officials found a number of documents as well as a series of confessions extracted from the detainees substantiating US attempts to stir unrests in the country.

Iran had announced recently that the new round of talks between Iran and Group 5+1 (Russia, China, France, the UK, and the US plus Germany) will be held in Kazakhstan on February 25.

The last round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany was held in Moscow in June.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80538987

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