Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Tehran will revise its approach if Europeans show intransigence: Rafsanjani

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Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) –- Expediency Council (EC) chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday night that intransigence from the Europeans would persuade Iran to change its approach in nuclear talks, the daily Hamshahri reported on Tuesday.

In a meeting with officials from the Moderation and Development Party (MDP), Rafsanjani stressed that Iran can give certain guarantees to the Europeans and instead get some concessions from them provided that they take a logical approach.

He added that the nuclear talks have created an opportunity for Iran to launch technological, trade and security talks with Europeans provided that Tehran acts very prudently.

Referring to Western countries’ pressure on Iran for its nuclear activities, Rafsanjani stressed that no power can “extinguish the light” of Iran’s completely indigenous nuclear technology.

The EC chairman pointed to Iran’s nuclear technology as an asset for the country through which it could resolve many of its problems including its effort to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Administering the country at this sensitive time requires national strength otherwise the enemy will take advantage of disparities, he added.

After 22 hours of intense negotiations in Paris on Friday and Saturday, Iranian and European representatives announced an initial agreement on the complete framework for further nuclear talks.

Both sides have stressed the necessity for flexibility in negotiations and it has been reported that European Union trio (Britain, Germany, and France) have accepted eight clauses of total of ten mentioned in Iran’s new proposals.

This agreement, if approved by Tehran, Paris, London, and Berlin, can be considered a breakthrough in efforts to peacefully resolve the international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and to expand Iran-EU ties. - Demand to run for presidential election In response to the MDP members’ request to run in the country’s next presidential elections, Rafsanjani said “I will not take a hasty approach for elections but wait until the society and scholars become convinced that others are also capable of running for the post.”

He noted that Iran is currently in a sensitive but not critical situation, saying that important decisions should be made in the country.

Rafsanjani further called on the attendants to help hold good and healthy elections while expressing gratitude over the party’s good-will."

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