Can the P5+1 Disengage itself from Israeli Lobby?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hassan Beheshtipour

The representatives of Iran and the six world powers have started their negotiations on Saturday April 14 in Istanbul to resolve the existing disagreements. All the evidence indicates that the two sides have held serious talks in order to arrive at a joint solution.

Three factors of mutual distrust, complication and multiplicity of the disagreements, and the manipulations by the western media have prevailed in a tense atmosphere over the talks, which may lead to the expectation of inconclusive negotiations in Istanbul.

However, we should not describe the session as failed yet, as it is still hope that the Istanbul talks will provide favorable preparation for the development of a new plan. Western diplomats have warned against the optimistic views that Iran is finally ready to discuss a halt to its nuclear program.

The western officials have announced that their first priority is to convince Tehran to put an end to its uranium enrichment program which began in 2010. They say Iran has shown some signs of flexibility in halting the enrichment of 20 percent uranium but is not yet ready to stop its production.

On the other side, Tehran wants the P5+1 to officially recognize Iran’s right to continue uranium enrichment and to show that the group is ready to take mutual trust building steps in return for Iran’s cooperation at any level.

US president Barack Obama, who is getting ready for the presidential election campaign in November, is impatient to arrive at a preliminary solution with Iran. Obama’s political analysts believe he insists on hopeful results for the ongoing negotiations in order to prove that his “pressure and negotiation” strategy regarding the Islamic Republic has been a correct one.

On the other hand, Tehran has insisted on holding its strong position of not halting the enrichment during the past 14 months and has shown no flexibility in its stance. By enriching uranium by 20 percent for fulfilling its medicinal needs, Iran has shown that Russia and France cannot impede its nuclear progress by breaking their promises to deliver uranium to the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian side is not happy with the continuation of extensive sanctions which have slowed down the country’s economic growth. For this reason, it is looking for a way to find a comprehensive solution which will lead to a win-win situation for both sides.

To achieve that goal, Iran's chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, announced before setting off for Istanbul that Iran will take part in negotiations with new proposals. The two sides also noted on Saturday, before the start of the negotiations, that they are going to give a real chance to diplomacy.

Meanwhile, Ashton’s spokesman, Michael Mann, expressed hope that the first round of talks will create a constructive atmosphere with tangible results. Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi also wrote in his article for Washington Post that Iran expects all the involved parties to be committed to comprehensive talks and try hard to build new confidence.

To dispel the existing atmosphere of distrust, the West should take its first step by showing that it is actually looking for a common solution and does not seek to impose its one-sided demands on Iran. For Iran, the continuation of enrichment on its soil and maintaining the entire nuclear fuel cycle is of essential importance. It seems that if Iran receives necessary guarantees from the other side for mutual cooperation, it will be able to reduce enrichment according to a new modality.

In this way, the existing ambiguities will be simply resolved in the shortest possible time provided that the Zionists and media currents affiliated to them allow the two sides, once and for all, to agree on a comprehensive solution for the next round of talks in Baghdad away from the customary propaganda hype.

During the past 10 years, whenever a solution was proposed to break the deadlock, the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv and the media affiliated to it, did their best to foil negotiations by leveling all kinds of charges against Iran. This is because Israel does not want the West to reach an agreement on the production of the nuclear energy with Iran. They use Iranophobia as a means of obtaining security guarantees for themselves.

Now, we must see whether the P5+1 can disengage itself from the dominant atmosphere created by mass media under the control of the Israeli lobby and take real steps to find a practical solution for achieving mutual understanding.

*Hassan Beheshtipour is a researcher, documentary producer, and a frequent contributor to Press TV. Born on June 22, 1961 in the Iranian capital, Beheshtipour received his BA in Trade Economics from Tehran University. His research topics span from US and Russian foreign policy to the Ukrainian Orange Revolution. The Iranian analyst is currently busy with research on the 1979 US embassy takeover in Tehran.

Source: Press TV

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