Friday, November 12, 2004

Rafsanjani says way open for Europeans to come to an agreement with Iran on nuke issue

Rafsanjani says way open for Europeans to come to an agreement with Iran on nuke issue: "Rafsanjani says way open for Europeans to come to an agreement with Iran on nuke issue
Tehran, Nov 12, IRNA -- Tehran's substitute Friday Prayer leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani stressed that the way is open for the European Union to reach an agreement with Iran on the nuclear issue if its representatives act more rationally and stop being too demanding.

He made the remark during his second sermon in today's Friday Prayers which was attended by tens of thousands of people who had earlier participated in rallies marking International Qods Day.

He expressed delight over the fact that talks on the Iran nuclear issue were proceeding forward step by step, making Iran only one or two steps away from its desired result.

Criticizing the big powers for trying to deny smaller states the right to exploit scientific findings and results of research work to advance their interests, he said these powers will ultimately bow down to the demands of these smaller states.

Rafsanjani advised big powers to be realistic about the issue and make sensible decisions before it is too late to prevent other nations, who are determined to pay whatever its costs, from achieving scientific progress.

Criticizing the highly polarized political situation inside the country, the substitute Firday Prayer leader said the clash in ideas and attitudes was a growing concern of the country. He exprssed the hope such incidents as that which occurred in Elm-o San'at University would never be repeated.

Turning to the Iraqi issue, he said that the actions of US forces in Fallujah and Mosul prove the depth of their hatred and the extent to which they are willing to go to achieve their objectives in Iraq.

The crimes America is committing in Iraq are the necessary outcome of their objectives in coming to Iraq, he added.

Rafsanjani took the opportunity to congratulate the Muslim ummah on the auspicious Eid ul-Fitr, which marks end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan."

Reuters AlertNet - Iran close to nuclear agreement with EU-Rafsanjani

Reuters AlertNet - Iran close to nuclear agreement with EU-Rafsanjani: "Iran close to nuclear agreement with EU-Rafsanjani
12 Nov 2004 09:49:37 GMT

Source: Reuters

TEHRAN, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Iran is close to sealing a deal with the EU under which Tehran would freeze sensitive nuclear work in return for avoiding referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, a top Iranian official said on Friday.

"Fortunately the negotiations are going forward step by step, yet they are still a couple of steps away from what we want," former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who remains an influential official in the Islamic state, told Friday Prayer worshippers in Tehran.

"If the Europeans are fair, I think the door is open for a solution and we can reach an agreement," he added in comments broadcast live on state radio."