Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Iran is ready to resume talks with the West regarding its nuclear program. He stated however, that any negotiations will fail if the West does not clearly come out against Israel’s suspected nuclear arsenal. He made it clear that there will be no achievements whatsoever if the West does not change its policy towards Israel, Iran’s archrival. The West, especially the U.S., will have to make great sacrifices in its foreign relations with Israel in order to meet Iran’s demands, which is something that is highly unlikely to happen. It may appear that Iran is using Israel’s suspected nuclear program in a way to move tensions away from its own.

EU foreign affairs and security Chief Catherine Ashton has suggested the talks to be held in Vienna in November with the P5+1 Countries (the U.S., the U.K., China, France and Russia plus Germany) while U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said it was up to Iran to set a date. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has signaled that October or November seems like a suitable time for talks with P5 + 1.

Two weeks ago, foreign policy spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also said that Iran welcomes talks, but will not at any cost give up its nuclear rights, so it is unlikely that any talks will result in any achievements. The West’s biggest concern is that Iran will use its uranium enrichment to create a nuclear bomb. Iran however, states it will use nuclear material only for peaceful purposes. The problem is that Iran is failing to cooperate with any nuclear inspectors, despite several rounds of sanctions towards the country. This makes talks difficult, and even more difficult for Iran to back up its promise that it will only use nuclear power for peaceful purposes. If the Iranians are sincere that they just want nuclear power for peaceful purposes, it must change its diplomatic rhetoric. Saying that Israel should not exist on the map, and refusing cooperation with the U.N. leaves the world with several reasons not to fully trust Iran. If they do not change their diplomatic strategy, it is more than likely that any talks will come to a halt yet again.

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