Geneva dialogue is an ‘exchange of views’: analyst

TEHRAN, July 18 (MNA) – Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili is scheduled to meet UN foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Geneva on Saturday for talks on Iran’s long-running nuclear standoff with the West.

Senior U.S. diplomat William Burns will attend the meeting for the first time. Also present would be representatives from the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

 

Last month Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany put forward an updated package of proposals, offering nuclear and trade incentives in exchange for a halt in Iran’s uranium enrichment activities.

 

Iran has also presented its own package of proposals on resolving international challenges including the threat of nuclear proliferation and has said it has found common ground between the two separate packages.

 

Senior Iranian officials have repeatedly rejected calls for a halt in Tehran’s uranium enrichment work and have expressed readiness to talk “only on common points”.

 

The Mehr News Agency has sought the views of three political experts and a lawmaker on the upcoming talks between Iranian and EU diplomats.

 

Political affairs expert Ali Khorram said the two sides will only exchange views on the nuclear program and the talks should not be mistaken for negotiations without precondition.

 

“Jalili and Solana will only exchange views at the meeting and a halt in Iran’s uranium enrichment work is still a precondition for formal negotiations between Tehran and the 5+1 group.”

 

“Suspension is not a precondition for the Saturday talks because exchanging views does not require a precondition. But in the 5+1 group’s view, the precondition for formal negotiations is suspension and this means that neither Iran nor the 5+1 have softened their stance,” Khorram observed.

 

He criticized certain Iranian media for providing “sentimental analyses” of the nuclear talks and claiming that the West has agreed to launch negotiations without precondition.

 

He said Saturday talks will focus on the common points presented in the two separate packages of proposals.

 

Political affairs analyst Yusef Molaii said the two sides need to adopt a “confidence-building approach” in their effort to reach an agreement on ending the nuclear standoff.

 

He stated that regular negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the world powers will pave the ground for resolving the remaining differences over Tehran’s nuclear program.

 

MP Hamidreza Hajibabaii said the Saturday meeting proves that Iran has managed to hold formal negotiations with the world powers without surrendering to their demands for a freeze in its nuclear enrichment work.

 

“Despite U.S. calls for holding negotiations after suspension they agreed to negotiate with Iran without the precondition of suspension and that is a step forward for Iran in the nuclear dispute.”

 

The presence of U.S. senior diplomat William Burns in the talks shows that the U.S. has abandoned its previous policies and has accepted to hold talks with no precondition, he asserted.

 

Hajibabaii shrugged off any prospect of war against Iran saying, “Tehran stood firm on its nuclear strategy in the face of mounting military threats and political pressure and today it will sit at the negotiating table with glory.”

 

Political affairs analyst Lotfollah Foruzandeh said Solana is perfectly aware that a psychological warfare will not make Iran relinquish its inalienable right to utilize peaceful nuclear energy.

 

During Geneva talks, the Islamic Republic should make every effort to show the transparency of its nuclear activities to the international community.

 

Iran’s policy is based on continuing uranium enrichment because it will lead to Iran’s scientific development,” said Foruzandeh who is the deputy chairman of the Association of Devotees of the Islamic Revolution.

 

BA/PA

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MNA

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