Larijani slams Western propaganda over Geneva talks

TEHRAN, July 27 (MNA) – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has criticized Western media for mounting a propaganda campaign against the latest nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union in Geneva.

“There is no logical relation between what happened in Geneva and the propaganda spread after the meeting,” Larijani told the Majlis open session on Sunday.


On July 19, Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili held talks in Geneva with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana over ending Iran’s long-running nuclear standoff with the West.


U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns also participated in the negotiations. It was the highest level of diplomatic contact between Iran and the United States in 30 years.


Representatives from the four other permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany also attended.


After the Geneva meeting some Western media claimed that the talks ended in stalemate with the major powers giving Iran two weeks to answer calls to rein in its nuclear program.


Last Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also said Tehran had two weeks to respond seriously to a proposal made by the six powers or face “punitive measures”.


“If you think by mounting propaganda campaign against Iran and putting the blame on others you can highlight a part of the issue and put away the other part you are making a mistake,” Larijani said in address to the Western powers.


Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany last month offered Iran an updated package of incentives in return for a halt to Tehran’s uranium enrichment program.


The package, which is a follow-up of an original proposal in 2006, offers nuclear cooperation and wider trade in aircraft, energy, high technology, and agriculture.


The Islamic Republic has also presented its own package of proposals on ways to address international challenges, including the threat of nuclear proliferation, and has said it has found common ground between the two separate packages.


Iran has repeatedly ruled out suspending uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks with the major powers and has said it will hold talks “only on common points”.


“The 5+1 offered a package and continued negotiations in an informal manner…the Islamic Republic responded to their package and also made some proposals for talks. There is common ground between the two packages which were discussed briefly during the Geneva talks but they still require further discussions,” Larijani stated.


The West should have studied Iran’s package of proposals more carefully because it provided solutions to complicated regional problems caused by wrong strategies implemented in the region, he stated.


Larijani criticized the West for trying to deny Iran’s role as a key regional power, saying, “pursuing the policy of denying this power will get you nowhere but if you implement Iran’s proposals you can secure a more logical status.”






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