Iran now claims it’s ready for ‘comprehensive’ negotiations

September 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Acting more like North Korea’s unpredictable ‘great leader’ all the time, mere days after saying he has ruled out negotiations on Iran’s “undeniable” nuclear rights, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has slightly changed his tune. A new five-page unsigned proposal, published online by New York-based ProPublica, says Tehran is ready to “embark on comprehensive, all-encompassing and constructive negotiations.” While the document does not provide specifics on addressing the country’s disputed nuclear program, it does propose a global system for eliminating nuclear weapons, diplomatic talks, and also offered to help Western countries deal with terrorism, Afghanistan, and other issues. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki handed the proposal to the U.N. Security Council and to the ambassadors of Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — and to the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. interests. The proposals were met with skepticism but not total dismissal from the U.S. State Department, which notes that Iran still refuses to discuss ending its own uranium-enrichment program. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley explained, “It’s not really responsive to our greatest concern, which is obviously Iran’s nuclear program… We’ll be looking to see how ready Iran is to actually engage, and we will be testing that willingness to engage in the next few weeks.”

But Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saw the Iranian proposals as a positive step forward (naturally).

“Based on a brief review of the Iranian papers my impression is there is something there to use. The most important thing is (that) Iran is ready for a comprehensive discussion of the situation, what positive role it can play in Iraq, Afghanistan and the region.”

All this posturing by Iran, shows they are fearful and are looking to stall the threat raised by President Barack Obama and western allies, who have given Tehran until the end of September to accept an offer of nuclear talks. If not, Iran hopefully will face harsher punitive sanctions by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain) plus Germany.


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