The EU’s Wise Policy Shift

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hassan Hanizadeh

In a letter to Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana has announced that the 5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) is ready to resume nuclear talks with Iran.

Solana has described Iran’s questions about the 5+1 group’s nuclear proposal as “understandable” and called for efforts to clear up the remaining ambiguities about Iran’s nuclear activities.

The letter shows that the EU is trying to revise its stance toward Iran.

Although Bush and his neocon team had been telling EU officials what to do in their nuclear negotiations with Iran for over five years, the global financial turmoil, the U.S. presidential election, and other recent developments seem to have caused a change in attitude in Brussels.

The adoption of four UN sanctions resolutions against Iran clearly demonstrates that the discussion about Tehran’s nuclear dossier had been unjustifiably diverted from the technical and legal path and politicized.

However, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always insisted that the issue must be examined within a legal and technical framework.

The EU’s unilateral stance toward Iran and its silence about Bush’s illogical policies caused a decline in its reputation in the eyes of the world.

Despite all the pressure from the EU and the U.S., Iran tried to redirect the nuclear talks to a legal and technical course through constructive and well-intentioned interaction with the major powers, but with little success up to now.

Although the European Union’s change of stance has come quite late, Iran will not close its door to the EU and will once again give it a chance to make a clean break with the treacherous policies of George W. Bush and adopt an independent and balanced approach toward the Islamic Republic.

Iran will not budge from its principled position on the nuclear issue and economic sanctions can not force it to change its decision to make use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Now, despite the EU’s subservience to U.S. policy over the eight years of the Bush presidency, Tehran is ready to give the European Union another chance to redeem itself and adopt a realistic approach toward Iran’s nuclear dossier.


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