Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iran is determined to resolve the nuclear dispute in a “short period of time,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday.
“Iran has the legitimate right to pursue nuclear energy under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is ready to remove international concerns in its talks with the P5+1,” (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany), Rouhani was quoted by official IRNA news agency as saying during a meeting with new Ambassador of the Netherlands to Tehran Johannes Douma.
He expressed hope that Iran’s relations with member states of the European Union, including the Netherlands, would be improved in economic, cultural and political areas. He criticized the sanctions against Iran, saying that it has affected the lives of the ordinary people. For his part, Douma said the Netherlands is interested in promotion of all-out cooperation with Iran.
On the same day, Rouhani also urged Germany to play a positive role in solving dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to Press TV.
In a meeting with new German Ambassador to Tehran Michael Baron von Ungern, Rouhani expressed hope that Germany would play a “positive and constructive role” at the upcoming Geneva talks to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.
Iran insists on nuclear enrichment as its “right for peaceful nuclear activities.” However, the West suspects that the Iranian nuclear enrichment program may be used to develop weapon-grade activities.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said Sunday that the world leaders should think about new proposals for the upcoming nuclear talks.
He said that “the previous proposals by the P5+1 belong to history and they should attend the upcoming talks with new proposals.”
The P5+1 and Iran met two times in Almaty, Kazakhstan in February and April. Their talks ended without tangible results.
They asked Iran to suspend its high-grade uranium enrichment and close down the underground bunker of Fordow where Iran enriches uranium to 20 percent. In return, they offered to relieve some of the sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry and its trade in precious metals. However, Iran did not accept the proposal, urging the powers to completely lift the sanctions.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Israel’s prime minister has called on the US to maintain pressure on Iran, despite what he described as “sweet talk” from Tehran. This comes days after the first conversation between US and Iranian leaders in decades.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday to call on him to keep the current economic sanctions in place, despite what may be the start of a thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran.
“If diplomacy is to work, those pressures must be kept in place,” Netanyahu said as the two leaders met in front of the media in the Oval Office.
“In fact, if Iran continues to advance its nuclear program during negotiations, the sanctions should be strengthened,” Netanyahu added, referring to the resumption of talks between Iran and the P5 +1 group, made up of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, scheduled for October 15 in Geneva.
Obama sought to reassure the Israeli prime minister that “we enter into these negotiations very clear-eyed.”
At the same time, though, Obama, whose relations with Netanyahu have at times been strained, asserted that the West needed to “test diplomacy,” in efforts to get Tehran to come clean on its nuclear program. Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu came just days after the US president spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani via telephone, the first conversation between leaders of the two countries in more than 30 years.
During that conversation, Rouhani reiterated Iran’s assertion that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. However, the US and its Western allies fear Iran may be using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons. Next month’s negotiations are to be about finding ways for Tehran to provide sufficient proof about its peaceful intentions, for the US and others to drop the long-standing economic sanctions against Iran.
Obama said that while he was determined to pursue diplomacy on Iran, the upcoming negotiations would not be easy and “anything that we do will require the highest standards of verification in order for us to provide the sort of sanctions relief that I think they are looking for.”
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iranian President Hassan Rohani has ordered aviation
authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the
United States for the first time in more than three decades.
Iranian news agencies on September 30 quoted presidential adviser Akbar Torkan as
saying Rohani wanted to study the option of resuming flights in order to “alleviate
problems” for Iranian expatriates who want to visit.
Rohani has made some groundbreaking overtures to the West, including delivering a
conciliatory speech at the United Nations’ General Assembly last week and declaring
his readiness for new negotiations with the West over Iran’s nuclear program.
On September 27, U.S. President Barack Obama held a phone conversation with
Rohani, the first direct conversation between the two countries’ leaders since
Washington and Tehran broke diplomatic ties in 1979.
Source: Radio Free Europe