شنبه ۲۶ اسفند ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۴:۱۵
Iran Maintains Its Tough Line at the End of the First Day of the IAEA Meeting
The first day of the IAEA’s meeting was closed without any decision being taken about Iran. The case of Iran is expected to be formally discussed on Wednesday and Thursday. But what is said and heard outside the closed doors gives a strong indication that Iran is not going to be referred to the UN’s Security Council at the end of these meetings. Nor setting a deadline for Iran is on the prospect at this stage.
The IAEA’s first day of meeting ended without much formal discussions about Iran’s case. However, outside the board rooms closed doors there were informal talks in the corridors of the UN’s nuclear watchdog agency and during press conferences held in there. Mohammad Albaradei, Chief of the nuclear agency called on Iranians to completely suspend their enrichment program. He said to reporters that otherwise the agency would not be able to assure the world that Iran is not following a secret weapon program. But he said there is no deadline set for Iran and even there may not be one in November.
Hossein Mousavian, head of Iran’s delegation at the meeting at the IAEA in Vienna, on the other hand, reiterated that Iran’s suspension of uranium enrichment was only temporary. He said uranium enrichment is the “legitimate right “of all members of the IAEA and that Iran is not prepared to give up this right for an unlimited period. It is Iran’s right to develop its non-military nuclear program he told reporters.
Farda’s reporter in the IAEA’s meeting in Vienna Ahmad Raafat in a sum up of what has been said so far, concludes that there seems to be an implicit agreement between the different representatives at the meeting. He quotes one of the American members of the board of governors as telling him and other reporters that referring Iran to the Security Council and imposing sanctions against it are not the only ways forward in dealing with this issue. Although the US member of the board of governors didn’t wish to elaborate any further.
On Russian’s stand on this issue, Rafaat reports that their representative at the board of governors told him and other reporters that his country is against setting any deadline or imposing any sanctions on Iran. He emphasised that he would disagree with such measures at the IAEA’s meeting and indeed at any other meetings held with regard to this matter.
Farda’s reporter understanding is that no drastic measure will be taken against Iran at this round of talks. He believes Iran will be given more time to adjust its nuclear programme with international demands in order to reach an acceptable agreement with the IAEA.