TEHRAN, June 19 (MNA) –- Leaders of the 25 European Union member states held a meeting on Friday in which they called for the development of closer ties with Iran.

However, despite the fact that the EU has expressed interest in boosting ties with Iran, the most important members of the bloc not only failed to live up to their Tehran Declaration commitments, but also tabled a resolution against Iran during the recent session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors in Vienna.


On October 21, 2003, Britain, Germany, and France signed the Tehran Declaration, in which they pledged to help Iran develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes on the condition that Iran sign the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and voluntarily suspend uranium enrichment activities. However, the EU big three failed to fulfill their commitments to Tehran.


Through its capricious actions, the EU has shown that it is not committed to its obligations and cannot be a reliable partner for Iran.


It seems that the European Union was trying to conceal its animosity toward the Islamic Republic, but that is no longer possible, since it has become clear that the EU has adopted a unilateralist policy toward Iran.


European officials mistakenly believe that Tehran needs to develop ties with the EU. They assume they can impose their demands on Iran under any circumstances and dictate preconditions the Islamic Republic must observe to boost relations with the bloc.


Along these lines, the EU has preconditioned developing closer ties with Iran on the country making greater efforts to allay EU concerns on terrorism, human rights, the Middle East peace process, and Iran’s nuclear program. 


However, the EU itself has not been completely transparent on these very issues. 


The crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq, France’s treatment of its Muslim community, rising racism in Germany, and the European governments’ double-standard policies toward terrorism show that the EU is not even committed to its obligations within the framework of international treaties and conventions. 


In addition, the IAEA resolution has proven once more that the European Union never intended to acknowledge the truth about Iran.


Iran expects the EU to treat it like an equal partner, to reciprocate in goodwill gestures, and to try to find common ground. Otherwise, it will not be possible to strengthen Iran-EU relations.


In its long history, Iran has never agreed to preconditions in order to develop ties with any country and will not change its stance just to boost ties with the EU.






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