Israel has wasted little time accusing Iran of being behind this week’s bombing in Thailand, and other blasts in India and Georgia. Tehran strongly denies the claim, but the latest war of words does little to ease tensions between Iran and the West, especially coming the same week that President Ahmadinejad lauded his country’s advances in nuclear energy.
Despite the rhetoric, Iran has told world powers it wants to resume long-frozen talks: Could that lead to concessions?
“Any idea, for example, that they would ask us to ease our sanctions before we talk is out of the question. We have what we call our twin-track approach, so we are continuing with our sanctions against Iran,” EU foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann said.
Like the West, Iran appears to be playing a double game ahead of potential nuclear talks. Perhaps in a demonstration of strength, oil prices rocketed this week after the Iranian leadership threatened to halt supplies to Europe’s weakest member states.
President Ahmadinejad has also vowed not to retreat from Iran’s atomic path, making it difficult to know exactly what Tehran’s intentions are.
To get more insight on this issue, euronews spoke to Dr Reza Taghizadeh from the University of Glasgow. To see full interview click on the link above.