However, the week before the talks are set to begin, Iranian Fars News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a speech, “The Iranian nation has not and will not allow anyone to retreat even for an iota from its principled rights in talks and negotiations.”
Those comments came one day after the Iranian president said that the nuclear fuel enrichment issue will not be negotiated, according to Fars. Despite that, he claimed Iran has “always been ready for nuclear cooperation,” as well as cooperation in international matters.
It remains to be seen what agreement or progress the West can make with Iran should the Iranians stick to their intention not to discuss their enrichment of uranium, which can be used for nuclear energy or nuclear weapons if enriched to weapons grade.
The enrichment matter is the primary reason the P5+1 has wanted to talk with Iran, as they fear it is part of a program to develop nuclear weapons.
Israel recently had an opportunity to bring up the Iranian issue again with Germany, one of the nations expected to be represented at the Iran-West talks. In a meeting with visiting German President Christian Wulff, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefly mentioned the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
In comments posted on the Prime Minister’s Office Web site, Netanyahu said, “I think that Germany can play a key role today in helping Israel meet the enormous challenges that we face.
“As we’ve just discussed—we were looking at a map in my office here, and this map clearly shows the Middle East—and the great challenge that confronts the Middle East and the peace of the world from Iran’s attempt to develop nuclear weapons…Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons program is perceived as a threat not merely by Israelis, but also by states throughout the region and around the world.”
Posted on December 1, 2010
Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, November 30, 2010
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