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Iran: We’ll Stop Nuke Program If West Does

From a disappointed Associated Press:

Ahmadinejad says Iran ready to halt enrichment program and talk

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran would only halt its uranium enrichment program and return to negotiations if other Western nations do the same.

Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in northern Iran one day ahead of a U.N. Security Council deadline that it was no problem for his country to stop, but that "fair talks" demanded a similar gesture from the West.

"That … we shut down our nuclear fuel cycle program to let talks begin. It’s no problem. But justice demands that those who want to hold talks with us shut down their nuclear fuel cycle program too. Then, we can hold dialogue under a fair atmosphere," Ahmadinejad said.

The Security Council has set Wednesday as a deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment or face further economic sanctions.

Ahmadinejad spoke in a far more conciliatory tone than the one he usually adopts, avoiding fiery denunciations of the West with a call for talks.

"We are for talks but they have to be fair negotiations. That means, both sides hold talks under equal conditions," he said.

He added, however, that it was unacceptable for countries to demand that Iran stop its nuclear activities without reciprocity.

"We say how is it that your (nuclear fuel) production facilities work 24 hours a day, but you feel threatened by our newly established complex and we need to shut it down for talks," he asked.

Iran has long insisted that it will not stop its nuclear activities as a condition for negotiations to start.

"The condition they set for talks is a condition that deprives us of our rights," Ahmadinejad said of the United States and its Western allies. "We have never been after confrontation and tension. We have always been for dialogue but dialogue under fair conditions." …

Russia’s nuclear agency spokesman warned Tuesday that Iranian delays in payments for the construction of a Russian-built nuclear plant would push back its launch date and uranium fuel deliveries from Russia.

A top nuclear official in Iran on Monday rejected Russian claims that Tehran had been dragging its feet on payments, and accused Moscow of trying to delay the launch of the reactor.

But Russia’s Federal Nuclear Power Agency spokesman Sergei Novikov insisted Tuesday that Iran has made no payments this month, and paid only a quarter of what was due last month.

Novikov told The Associated Press that Iran was to pay Russia $25 million a month for construction works at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, adding that Iran has continuously dragged its feet on meeting the obligations.

Note the development that the AP buries at the bottom of their article:

A top nuclear official in Iran on Monday rejected Russian claims that Tehran had been dragging its feet on payments, and accused Moscow of trying to delay the launch of the reactor.

Never fear, the Russians have already issued gallant assurances to Iran that they will stand by their contracts and continue helping them develop a nuclear bomb.

From Iran’s state run IRNA news agency:

Russia says is committed to its obligations towards Iran

Moscow, Feb 20, IRNA

Russia abides by its commitment for fuel shipment and completion of Bushehr nuclear power plant, said an aide to Russian Rosatom chief Sergei Novikov here on Tuesday.

Novikov told reporters under an agreement signed last September Iran was due to pay Russia 25 million dollars (19 million euros) a month for the Bushehr project.

But, he said, "in the fourth quarter of 2006, the Iranians failed to pay 60 percent of the sums foreseen by the agreement. In January they paid only 5.1 million dollars, or 20 percent of the sum anticipated, and in February they’ve paid nothing."

Novikov said that however, Russia is committed to fulfill all its obligations considering time of construction and delivery of nuclear fuel to the powerplant.

"If the lack of finance could effect the project calendar, it will also affect the date of sending nuclear fuel," Novikov said.

He said the first fuel consignment will be shipped to Iran six months before the compound’s physical operation…

Head of Russian Rosatom Federal Agency for Nuclear Power Sergei Kiriyenko earlier said that Bushehr nuclear power plant would be completed on schedule if no financial problem arose in the process.

Main contractor of the project Atomstroiexport announced late last year that about 95 percent of operations related to construction of the power plant had been implemented.

It’s great to see that the Russians aren’t in it just for the money. They really do want to see Iran destroy Israel and probably begin another world war.

And whilst we are on the subject of Iran’s relentless nuclear weapons program:

[AFP caption:] Machines use yellow cake to produce Uranium hexafluoride (UF6) at the Iranian Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF), 420 kms south of Tehran, 03 February 2007. Iran has moved feedstock gas needed to start uranium enrichment into a nuclear plant at the centre of a crisis over Tehran’s nuclear programme, diplomats said.

Has anyone ever asked where Iran gets its "yellow cake"?

Maybe we should ask Joe Wilson?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Iran: We’ll Stop Nuke Program If West Does”

  1. lilo says:

    Hi, I am a 21 year old from Iran, and I can’t understand all this violence and hatred against a nation’s desire to achieve strenght and growth, in a highly developed and busy world. yes, my people have always vowed to give their blood for what they think is right, and for truth, but the thought of the world’s being scared of Iran’s nuclear b on Israel in case of gaining nuclear power is just ridiculous. Why shouldn’t other nations, who have proved their ability for violence and injustice in the past [there is no need to remind where and how] be accused in the same way, who already do have the power? Why is it only my country? just because we don’t agree with whatever the international media claims as truth? Why should we, when it’s been long known that every power speaks a truth for itself, based on it’s own interest sand desires? I sometimes doubt if all this is just some sort of a play thing, to keep the world busy, and not pay attention to all the real serious crises going on. Thank you.

    • Steve says:

      “I can’t understand all this violence and hatred against a nation’s desire to achieve strenght and growth, in a highly developed and busy world. yes, my people have always vowed to give their blood for what they think is right, and for truth, but the thought of the world’s being scared of Iran’s nuclear b on Israel in case of gaining nuclear power is just ridiculous.”

      Then we are not to take your leaders seriously when they talk about destroying Israel?


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