IRANIANS DO NOT WANT TO SEE U.S. AS PARTICIPANT OF TALKS BETWEEN IRAN AND EU

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TEHRAN, February 20 (RIA Novosti, Nikolai Terekhov) - The US interference in the negotiation process between Iran and the EU Troika (Britain, Germany and France) will play a destructive role in the solution of the Iranian nuclear problem, stated professor of the Tehran University, political scientist Isakhan Hatami in an interview with RIA Novosti.

In his opinion, "by its recent statements and threats directed at the Islamic Republic of Iran, Washington attempts to apply strong pressure on the negotiation process between Iran and the European Union, which has been rather slow lately."

"Unilateral attempts of the United States to pose as an intermediary in the process, when it cannot influence the Iranian position directly, and therefore tries to do it by applying pressure on the Europeans, will certainly undermine the negotiation process because such attempts create an unfavorable atmosphere in the dialogue by imposing new demands on the Iranian side," the expert emphasized.

He believes that "under present circumstances, when the sides steadily move toward concrete agreements, it is wrong to apply strong pressure, which is not supported by any evidence [of a military component included in the Iranian nuclear program]."

"A certain delay in the negotiation process clearly shows the signs of US influence on the European partners. Therefore, the European Union must assume an irrevocable position during the current and future stages of the talks and avoid following the ungrounded conclusions made by US experts," the political scientist added.

In accordance with preliminary agreements with the European Union Troika, Iran temporarily suspended its uranium-enrichment programs, and in exchange [the Troika] promised assistance to Iran in its bid for joining the WTO, in cooperation in the sphere of the fight against terrorism, in election of a legitimate government and supply of advanced peaceful nuclear technologies.

In order to implement these agreements, three working groups (political, scientific and economic) were formed. As a result, during the latest round of talks conducted last week in Geneva, Tehran accepted the EU proposal to deliver a light-water nuclear reactor to the country.

At the same time, the sides outlined future plans for mutual exchange of guarantees for strict observance of assumed responsibilities. Iran reaffirmed the peaceful purposes of its nuclear programs and presented an economic substantiation of peaceful nuclear technologies in the production of electric power in the country.

During last week's Kremlin meeting with Iranian Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hasan Rowhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Moscow believed that Iran did not have any intentions to possess nuclear weapons.

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