Iran should buy time at the moment as the plant to use enriched uranium not ready

WASHINGTON — Iran will have no problem if it halts works on uranium enrichment, at least for the time being, as is demanded of it through a UN Security Council resolution, some analysts here who are favourably disposed to Teheran, feel.

By From A Correspondent

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Published: Tue 5 Sep 2006, 9:39 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:19 PM

“That is one way to ward off trouble and move ahead”, the analysts who didn't want to be identified, said in private comments.

Why not comply with the UN resolution, and at least buy time, rather than going on a confrontation course with the international community, they asked, wondering what could Iran do with enriched uranium, when it does not have advanced technology yet to go further ahead in its plans? “Russia is still building the Bushehr nuclear power plants, and it will not be until March next year when they are completed. So, why not go easy now, and why take matters to a head now”, they asked.

“Why should a man who does not have hair require a hair dryer or a cutting machine”, one analyst asked, even as there is general consensus that not much is known about Iran's secret programmes.

“Or, why should a place have gas stations if it does not have cars or vehicles?.”

“The package that the EU and the US offered are good enough. Iran would do well to take it”, they felt, noting that it will help Iran gain time till next March, at least. “Then Iran will have the diplomatic means to proceed further”, they noted.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who visited Teheran for two days, after the end of a UN deadline for nuclear compliance, failed to get Iran change its mind on its nuclear pursuits.

Teheran's stand is that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, intended only to produce fuel for nuclear reactors that generate electricity. Not many are ready to believe this, and are of the view that Iran is bent upon making nuclear warheads.

The UN Security Council, in its meeting in July, has set August end as deadline for Iran to fall in line and suspend its uranium enrichment programme. Iran has rejected the call, leading to calls from the US for punitive measures.

Veto-holding Security Council members, Russia and China are opposed to imposing sanctions on Iran and are seeking time for a negotiated settlement of the matter and bigger role for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to sort the matter out.

Meanwhile, as reports say, the nuclear stand-off with the West is causing uncertainty inside Iran. Fears are that such uncertainties will work against Iran's economic well-being. For instance, senior officials were said to be withdrawing money from banks and moving them out of the country, for fear of sanctions and its adverse impact on the economy. The economy is shattered; it should not be made to suffer more.

Iran’s first priority should be to keep itself out of trouble. Sanctions can lead to serious problems for Iran, though such situations are not new to the country. Why court trouble when there is a way to ward off trouble.

Iran is already victorious, and has given a tough time to the US in the matter of its uranium enrichment plans. It therefore does not have to defy the UN Security Council resolution in order to prove its strengths.


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