Brzezinski rejects Israel condition on Iran

March 7, 2009 - 0:0

Two former national security advisors urge the Obama administration to negotiate directly with Iran over its nuclear program without time limits.

Time limits “create a sense of urgency and pressure which (prevents) serious exploration of the issues,” said Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor for ex-president Jimmy Carter.
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, an advisor to then president George H.W. Bush, advised President Obama on Iran.
Brzezinski noted that there are two ways to approach negotiations: The first is to design the negotiation to fail, and to make Iran appear to blame. This would be achieved by setting preconditions, threatening with sanctions and force, calling for regime change and labeling the Iranian government as a “terrorist entity.”
The second approach to negotiation is to, “Seek to engage the Iran in a process in which there emerges the possibility of some consentual arrangement.”
Scowcroft also said he would push for talks in as “comprehensive a fashion as we can” and “on all fronts.”
The two former advisors argued that there is no evidence to suggest that Iran would enter into a nuclear war in the region, saying that would be a “suicidal” act.
They advised Washington to offer enriched civilian-use uranium to Tehran to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon.
The United States and their allies accuse the Islamic Republic of having a covert nuclear weapons program.
However, Iran, a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) whose nuclear sites are under heavy inspections of the UN nuclear watchdog, says its uranium enrichment program is a peaceful drive to produce nuclear energy for the country’s growing demand.
Last month, IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei issued a report, reconfirming the “non-diversion” of declared nuclear material in the Islamic Republic. Brzezinski also urged the White House not to be influenced by other concerned parties over Iran talks.
“We should be very careful not to become susceptible to interested parties” and their policies on Iran, he warned referring to Israeli media reports that Tel Aviv urged Clinton to impose a time frame for negotiations with Tehran.
(Source: Press TV)