Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Nuclear Iran Watch: Rafsanjani, warned the Europeans

Nuclear Iran Watch: "Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, however, warned the Europeans to honor their commitments towards Iran or see the agreement go down the gutter.

"We hope the Europeans will deliver on their commitments; otherwise it is likely that the results (of the agreement) will be spoilt," the official, who has not ruled out standing in the next presidential race, told Spain's new ambassador to Tehran in a meeting.

Rafsanjani, the chairman of the arbitrative Expediency Council, described Iran's agreement to suspend uranium enrichment as a 'very hard' decision for the establishment.

"Despite this, the establishment accepted this in order to give confidence-building a chance.

"Given Iran's very serious and appropriate cooperation, the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the European Union, must now have become convinced that Iran has no nuclear military intentions," he added.

On Friday, Rafsanjani said that Iran would resume enriching uranium after a maximum of six months, reaffirming Tehran's position that Tehran's freeze on nuclear fuel cycle work is only temporary.

"The Islamic Republic has agreed to suspend enrichment activities for a maximum six-month period to assure the IAEA that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful," he said.

Asked to comment on the remarks, Foreign Ministry spokesman Asefi said that Mr. Rafsanjani mentioned the six months only as an 'example'"