Diplomats are hard at work trying to resolve the conflict over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The international community has offered Teheran a range of economic incentives in return for a halt to its nuclear programme. EuroNews spoke in Brussels to Iran’s chief negotiator on the nuclear issue, Ali Larijani.
EuroNews: Mr Larijani, welcome to EuroNews, what about the incentives that have been offered by the international community. What is the problem of this incentives for Iran?
In fact there5;s no problem with the incentives, what we need to understand is the goals behind these incentives. Are you going to establish a long term goal of cooperation together? The direction of negotiations has to be the removal of obstacles so that we can agree on the proposals, or the ‘incentives’ as you call them. We accept the principle of problem-solving through negotiations; other things must be resolved in the course of the talks.
EuroNews: Why are you saying that there5;s a problem to be solved if, as you5;re saying, Iran is not ready to create a nuclear weapon?
We have a clear nuclear program in Iran, Iran is a member of the AEIA and has signed the non proliferation treaty. The AIEA inspectors are doing their work in our facilities and they are inspecting our facilities. If any country feels ambiguous about our nuclear program, we’re ready to help them to clarify everything.
EuroNews: The incentives that are being offered do you think are enough or do you expect something more?
We’re never against negotiations, we strongly believe these issues can be settled through negotiations. Iran’s position is easy to understand; we’ve already said Iran is ready to take the steps needed to continue with negotiations and constructive interaction; we’ll do the groundwork. If there are certain ambiguities in the content of the package, that’s not important; they can be resolved.
EuroNews: Are you waiting for some guarantees that the USA will renounce to the use of force against Iran?
More important than this guarantee are the policy attitudes of the United States in the region. They should change policies. Why do they have to speak with the language of force all the time in the region? They can use diplomacy, they can also implement constructive policies; radical approaches towards regional issues can add to the problems; they can cause the oil price to rise, they can provoke tensions in the region.
EuroNews: Do you think that the EU member states that are participating to such a negotiation are behaving in a wiser way compared to the USA, of course, from an Iranian point of view?
We think there are some countries in the European Union that are taking a more logical approach towards Iran and towards the nuclear program. We think there’s an opportunity and potential for better cooperation between the two sides – if you look at the opportunities that exist in Iran and the opportunities that exist in Europe, we can work together more constructively; for example we can provide energy security for Europe and this is a very good base for greater bilateral cooperation.
EuroNews: Thank you very much