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Iranian President Says Iran Ready to Negotiate with the U.S.

Iranian President Says Iran Ready to Negotiate with the U.S.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran would be willing to enter into negotiations with the United Nations if the United States is willing to lighten its stance on his country obtaining nuclear capabilities.

Ahmadinejad made the comments just as Iran is marking the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. It also came just days after the supreme leader Ali Khamenei rejected the possibility of engaging in direct talks with the U.S.

In his address, which was accompanied by “death to America” chants from the audience, the Iranian president said that he will negotiate with the United States directly if they “stop pointing weapons at the Iranian nation.” He also pointed out that talks should be done with fairness and respect without pressure.

Ahmadinejad’s response came just a week after Vice President Joe Biden offered Iran a seat in the negotiation table with the P5+1, which includes the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Khamenei, who has the final say and authority, chastised the U.S. and accused it of resorting to coercion tactics by threatening military action if Iran refuses to negotiate.

The U.S. currently has sanctions in place, which is aimed at curbing Iran’s uranium enrichment program. The sanctions have caused a severe economic crisis in Iran by limiting oil exports, which is the nation’s main source of revenue.

Ahmadinejad has vehemently denied that his country’s economic crisis is due to the sanctions though Iran’s Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi admitted that the sanctions have played a role in the economy’s downward spiral.

Western nations have also expressed concerns over Iran’s satellite program, which they fear could be used to develop long-range missiles. Iran regularly announces technological breakthroughs, which includes sending a monkey into space and bringing it back home safely. Such claims cannot be independently verified by the U.S.

Missile Test Brings In The New Year for Iran

The test firing of two long range missiles on Monday by Iran’s Navy solidifies the fear that 2012 is going to be a year or tension between the Iranian government in Tehran and the United States. There were also claims on Monday that Iran has made a breakthrough with their nuclear program. Both of these factors could lead to a dangerous showdown with the allies of the West and the Iranian government.

Mahmoud Mousavi, Iran’s deputy navy commander, made a statement on Iranian television saying “successfully test-fired long-range ground to water and ground to ground missiles.” These missile tests came toward the end of the 10-day navy exercises to close the Strait of Hormuz. If Iran does close the Strait of Hormuz, the rest of the world could feel the increase in gas prices.

Tehran announced on Sunday that they had successfully produced their first nuclear fuel rod. The Iranian government is claiming that they are making radioisotopes for cancer treatment within the country; however, US intelligence officers and nuclear inspectors believe the country is producing nuclear weapons.

The United States has issued a call to other nations to sanction the Tehran government in an effort to cease the creation of nuclear weapons. These sanctions have created revolts inside the government, an organization that has been feeling stressed financially since the sanctions were put in place.

James Carafano, a defense analyst for The Heritage Foundation, was quoted saying “the weakness shown by the Obama White House has only encouraged Iran to adopt a more reckless foreign policy. Meanwhile, with dissent growing at home and in neighboring Syria, Tehran has been looking for any excuse to focus on the ‘external’ enemy and divert attention from domestic problems.”

Many analysts are dead set on branding Iran as a nuclear threat, citing peace talks a null option. These analysts are vying for the Iranian government to be pushed hard during 2012 to resolve any issues with nuclear capabilities.

Iran Calls Nuclear Sanctions “Vain”


The US and Canada have announced that new measures will be taken to target Iran’s nuclear program. A senior Iranian political official has said that the sanctions imposed on the Iranian nuclear program would be “in vain” despite Western authority claiming the sanctions would unite the Iranian people. Russia has come to Iran’s defense calling the sanctions “against international law.”

Ramin Mehmanparast of the Iranian Foreign Ministry has told reporters in Tehran that the attempts of the west will simply unite the Iranian people to support their nuclear program. Although Iran has firmly denied the claims that they are trying to develop nuclear weapons, a UN report published just two weeks ago has the strongest evidence leading against the claims.

Although Tehran is insisting that the nuclear program is a civilian endeavor, a UN nuclear watchdog group has said that the tests Iran is performing are congruent with that of the development of a nuclear weapon. With China and Russia opposed to the sanctions, Iran was not referred to the UN Security Council. Abdolhossein Bayat, Iran’s deputy oil minister, has said that if the sactions are implemented, Iran will not stop exporting their petrochemical to the European Unions.

The UK announced on Monday that they were cutting all ties with Iran’s banks. Canada has said that they are banning the export of petrochemical, gas and oil. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary Of State, has said that they will be monitoring Iran with greater authority in the coming weeks. The US has also accused Iran as a “primary money laundering concern.”

US President Barack Obama has said through a written statement that the United States has identified Iranian banking sector as a threat to financial institutions and governments that have business with Iran’s banks. The UK has since ceased all trade with Iran’s banks.

Iran To Threaten Israel

According to the Irna News Agency, Iran hanged Ali Akbar Siadat, an Iranian citizen, inside Tehran’s Evin prison, after finding him guilty of spying for Mossad.

Siadat was first arrested in 2008, while trying to leave Iran with his wife.

Siadat “confessed that he had transferred information to Mossad about Iran’s military activities” reported Irna, adding that he had “received $60,000 to give classified information to the Zionist regime.”

According to the accusations he was providing information about missiles, air crashes, fighter jets, training flights and military bases.

Allegedly, he met his contacts from Mossad during trips he took to Thailand, Turkey and the Netherlands.

In 2008, Ali Ashtari, an Iranian telecoms engineer, was hanged after being convicted of spying for Mossad. According to Irna, a second man, Ali Saremi, was also hanged on Tuesday. Saremi, 63, was alleged to be a member of the opposition group, People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), considered by Tehran to be a terrorist organization. Saremi had been arrested several times since 1983. He spent a total of 24 years in prison on various offenses of the shah and clerical rule.

Authorities say that when he was arrested in 2007, for the final time, they found CDs, photos and hand-written documents in his house, concerning the PMOI.

In related news, the Iran regime has been subjected to four rounds of sanctions by United Nations Security Council in relation to its resolute nuclear program.

Iran’s nuclear program began in 1974, before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, with plans to build a nuclear power station at Bushehr with the help of Germany. The plan was abandoned during the revolution, but renewed in the 1990, when Tehran signed an agreement with Russia.

In December of 2007, Moscow began delivering canisters of enriched uranium.

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