Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, left, arrives for talks at the Golden Ring Hotel in Moscow, Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Iran and Russia appeared at loggerheads Wednesday as they launched a fresh round of talks on the Kremlin’s offer of a deal on uranium enrichment aimed to ease Western fears that Tehran is forging ahead with efforts to build an atomic bomb.
ASSociated Press: Iran Refuses to Back Down in Nuke Talks
Iran refused to back down Wednesday in crucial talks on Russia’s offer to enrich uranium for Tehran, but negotiators agreed to resume discussions Thursday on a plan meant to ease Western fears Iran wants to build an atomic bomb.
The chief Iranian nuclear negotiator also said his country did not intend to agree to Russian demands to impose another moratorium on uranium enrichment activity.
Ali Larijani said after nearly five hours of talks in a Moscow hotel.
This has been Iran’s position since the world community started negotaiting with them years ago. Iran wishes to continue uranium enrichment so they can divert material for their nuclear weapons program.
Who are they trying to FOOL?
That drew an immediate response from the United States, which fears Iran will use enrichment to make uranium for a weapons program. Deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Larijani’s declaration was “a move in the wrong direction” and cause for concern.
Iran’s decision was “one of the reasons why, after trying to resolve this issue through negotiations and through a good and reasonable proposal from Russia, we’re having to go to the (U.N.) Security Council,” Ereli said.
And what do the Russians really think?
Russia’s top diplomat reiterated Moscow’s call for Iran to return to a moratorium on enriching uranium as a condition for going forward with the Kremlin plan.
“What is necessary is for Iran to come back to the moratorium, to accept the joint venture proposal as a package that would be supported by the members of the governors’ board of the IAEA,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Budapest, where President Vladimir Putin was on a state visit.
The Vienna-based IAEA board of governors is to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue on Monday, and it could start a process leading to punishment by the U.N. Security Council, which has the authority to impose sanctions on Iran.
The United Nations Security Council will NEVER vote economic sanctions on Iran. China will VETO such a motion.
The ball remains in the Iranian MULLAHS’ court.
Iran must stand down their nuclear program……..
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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