Iran-5+1 talks: Fragile but not collapsed
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The recent round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council and Germany) failed live up to the media’s expectations. The main reason behind this was an unwillingness by the West to recognize Iran’s legitimate rights to have nuclear energy.
However, the continued negotiations, which will next take the form of an “expert meeting” between the two sides, demonstrates that all is not lost. Both sides still emphasize the fact that negotiation is the only way a solution will be found.
Western governments’ have expedited the process of imposing sanctions on Iran’s banking and industrial sector, a move designed to cripple the economy to encourage the government to bow to Western demands. 
Iran should prepare for a full-scale media and economic war with the West and Iranian officials should be ready themselves to confront the ever-increasing wave of policies that aim to dislodge Iran from its strong geostrategic position.
Despite huge efforts by China, Russia and the European countries to hammer out a deal with Iran, some members of 5+1, especially the United States, remain unwilling to accept Iran’s legitimate rights. Herein lays the reason for the failure of the nuclear negotiations over the past decade. 
Iran has the right to enrich uranium based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Western governments should accept this right and devise a completely new mechanism for future negotiations. Otherwise, they will never reach a lasting deal with Iran. 
Mojtaba Sadeghian is a Tehran Times columnist who is a member of the editorial department of the daily.

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Last Updated on 01 July 2012 17:09