Following a proposal made by Great Britain, France and Germany to Iran last week, aimed at stopping uranium enrichment activities, there have been mixed signals from Tehran. But in the last two days, it seems Tehran is exhibiting a more conciliatory tone; not dismissing the European plan outright and welcoming the EU3 approach of engaging in negotiations. There is no other way - threatening the Islamic Republic is not going to work. The only way to reach an agreement with Iran is to continue these negotiations, said Abdollah Ramezanzadeh the Iranian government spokesperson. He added, we hope that our friends and those who are dealing with this issue do not resort to the language of threat. It doesn’t work with us and we are not worried about being referred to the Security Council.
Talking to reporters on Monday, Mr Ramezanzadeh said, we respect international concerns regarding the spread of nuclear weapons. But at the same time we find it our duty to defend our right of having nuclear technology. We have proven repeatedly that we are ready for rational and logical discussions. At the same time we must emphasise that Iran’s ethos is based on defending its legitimate rights.
Earlier, Hassan Rohani, the chairman of Iran’s National Security Council, had also said that his government had no fear of being referred to the Security Council. He warned the three European powers not to cross the red line, as he put it. He elaborated that, Iran and the European countries, according to the Non Proliferation Treaty, have equal rights and that Iran should not be discriminated against.
IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency, reporting on Iran’s new ambassador to Brussels, Ali Ahani, meeting with Netherlands’ Foreign Secretary, Barnard Bot, writes: Mr. Ahani has told his Dutch counterpart that Iran is studying European’s new proposal and will soon respond to it. The same statement was made by government spokesperson, Mr. Ramezan-Zadeh, when he said Iran has not yet prepared an official response to Europeans new proposal but will do so shortly.
In another development, Mansour Habashi-Zadeh the head of the ‘Centre for Research and Production of Nuclear Fuel’ told Iran’s Radio that Iranian scientists have developed the technology to produce a combination of Zirconium which could be used in producing nuclear fuel. (Zircon is the primary gemstone known as Persian Zargun: gold like).