Iran conditionally allows UN nuclear agency to inspect Parchin
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Iran conditionally allows UN nuclear agency to inspect Parchin

Tehrān : Iran | Dec 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM PST
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For the last couple of years, Iran has been employing different time-buying tactics to further work on its controversial nuclear program. On the other hand, world powers, including the United States, France, Israel and the United Kingdom, have been issuing warnings to the Islamic Republic of dire consequences if it does not halt uranium enrichment, besides imposing economic sanctions. However, no move of the international community has worked out yet, as Iran is still pursuing its nuclear program despite all the sanctions and warnings. Iran has turned out to be a smart and cunning country.

In yet another dramatic move, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ghashghavi has said that his country is ready to allow United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspectors to visit one of the controversial sites, Parchin, where the United States and its allies believe Iran has carried out nuclear tests. The alleged nuclear site, located about 30 kilometers southeast of Tehran, has been one of Iran’s most controversial sites, where it is believed the country has been involved in making military equipment and nuclear weapons. Despite repeated requests by the IAEA, Iran had denied access to inspectors of the agency to the site. Iran now says that it is ready to open the site for nuclear watchdog inspectors if threats of Israeli attacks are defused.

In the wake of intransigence of Iran, Israeli authorities have been planning different military actions against nuclear sites of the Islamic Republic. Israeli authorities feel there is no way to force Iran to stop uranium enrichment but destroy nuclear sites of the country in a military action. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, also lobbied for the option and tried to get support of the international community, but failed. The Obama administration clearly retorted to Netanyahu’s plans that military action is not the solution of the problem. President Barack Obama has stated a number of times that the window of dialogue is open for the Islamic Republic, as the US wants to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations.

At the outset of this month, Iran agreed to allow nuclear inspectors to visit the Parchin site, but now has attached a condition. At this stage, we don’t know what kind of assurance the Islamic Republic needs from Israel and the UN nuclear watchdog. Is the Islamic Republic just in search of a public statement from Israeli authorities that they won’t attack nuclear sites of the country? Diplomatic circles say it is just a gimmick, as the Iranian leadership is just interested in getting more and more time to complete its nuclear project and it will keep postponing the visit of the nuclear inspectors to the Parchin on one or another pretext.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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