Published on Intrepid Report, by Kourosh Ziabari, June 15, 2012.
With less than a week remaining to the sensitive, determining talks between the top negotiators of six world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program, some wicked forces from here and there are trying their best to deliver a lethal blow to Tehran and weaken the chances of a successful, productive agreement between the two sides which, during the past years, have interacted with each other in a fluctuating atmosphere of trust and mistrust.
Iran and the members of P5+1, consisting of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, held a fresh round of talks in Istanbul on April 14 after a 15-month-long break and agreed upon the preliminary details for further talks to resolve the misunderstandings and come to a comprehensive and thorough conclusion. All sides hailed the talks as constructive and positive and said that there’s room for inclusive agreement in spite of some minor differences and disparities.
Subsequently, Iran and the P5+1 held another round of talks hosted by Baghdad on May 23 and May 24 to investigate, in depth, the ways of coming to a mutual understanding and realizing the agenda planned in Istanbul talks. This time, the two parties engaged in more serious and detailed talks and some theoretical differences leaked out; however, they again expressed hopes that the disputes might be settled in a diplomatic and peaceful manner. China and Russia praised the bilateral efforts of the negotiating parties aimed at clearing up the misunderstandings as Iran and P5+1 agreed to hold another set of talks in the Russian capital Moscow on June 18 and 19.
Now, less than week ahead of the decisive talks in Moscow, Iran seems completely resolved and enthusiastic to take part in a full-fledged, serious dialogue with P5+1 and put an end to the artificial, erosive controversy over its nuclear program, which has brought with itself several rounds of biting economic sanctions and hard-hitting threats of a military strike.
Iranian officials have signaled that they are ready to provide convincing evidence that Tehran’s nuclear program is solely designed for peaceful purposes and that, contrary to the claims laid by the United States and some of its allies, there’s no military dimension in this program. At the same time, high-ranking Iranian officials stated that they are eager to participate in the Moscow talks with goodwill so as to allay the concerns of the other side and demonstrate that they are not after the failure of the negotiations. For example, on June 10 and during a meeting with the former president of the Austrian National Council, Werner Fasslabend, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed hopes that the Moscow talks will yield satisfactory results if the parties abide by their obligations and adhere to the policy of mutual trust and respect … //
… Why should the members of the U.S. negotiating team travel to Israel one after another while Israel has nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program and is itself already accused of having an arsenal of some 200 nuclear warheads?
Unquestionably, Israel is the first and foremost entity which will be content with a failure in negotiations between Iran and P5+1 in Moscow. They are afraid of the possibility that the nuclear standoff be resolved diplomatically, the sanctions on Iran be lifted and Tehran get the upper hand in talks and find its position in the region and the world fostered and strengthened.
The best policy for P5+1, if they want a progress in the talks, is to dissociate themselves from the Israeli lobby and take into consideration the mutual benefit of Iran and themselves. Of course, a diplomatic and peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear program will be a win-win game while Israel, without any doubt, will be the only loser.
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