سه شنبه ۸ فروردین ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۲۳:۱۳
Despite International Pressure Iran will not give up its nuclear activities
Following a few days of silence on the IAEA’s resolution, President Khatami has made a number of speeches during the past two days that have raised fresh and widespread concerns about Tehran’s intention in pursuing its nuclear activities. In a military Parade in Tehran Khatami said: “We have made our choice. Yes to peaceful nuclear technology, no to nuclear weapons.” Analysts and officials have interpreted his remarks in different ways. Iran will continue its nuclear activities even without international inspections from the IAEA, Mohammed Khatami said in a speech he made at a military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, to mark the beginning of Iran-Iraq war. He continued: “We have made our choice. Now it is up to others to decide to openly and frankly recognise our inalienable rights and open the doors for further cooperation.”
On Wednesday, Britain’s morning press reported extensively on his statements.
The Times newspaper noted that the venue for making this statement symbolically reinforced concerns about Iran’s real intentions in pursuing a nuclear program. In a leading article, The Times concluded that Iran’s decision to continue uranium enrichment is in effect a “no” to further cooperation with the IAEA, and it recommended that “a determined response must halt Iran’s nuclear plan.”
Michael Levie, the co-author of a forthcoming book The Future of Arms Control, in an article in the Financial Times, strongly criticised the text of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).He in particular referred to the text of the treaty where it is stated that countries have the “right” to obtain peaceful nuclear technology. Levie believes that although the wording of this treaty was compatible with the realities of technological developments in the 60’s, when the treaty was born, it no longer is with the technological advancements of today. He says: “Today, an ‘inalienable right’ to nuclear energy is too close to indistinguishable from an inalienable right to a nuclear bomb.”
This Tuesday, the European Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, said the EU remains committed to its cooperation with Iran, provided Tehran abandons its nuclear activities. In an interview with Reuter after his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, on the fringe of UN General Assembly he describes their talks as “frank. tough and friendly.” Mr. Solana continued “I think we have to keep on doing the outmost in talking and dialogue” and added: “If we fail in that direction, we may have to resort to other mechanisms but we prefer not to have to.”