Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Latest from Iran (21 June): A Silence in Tehran

0505 GMT: We began yesterday by noting the lack of reaction in Iranian State media to the Moscow nuclear talks.

That is still true on one level today: there is an absence of comment from the Islamic Republic's leaders to the lack of progress, with the impending threat of further sanctions. The Supreme Leader's office has offered no line, President Ahmadinejad is giving no response during his visit to South America, and others like Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani --- in contrast to his strident declarations just before Moscow ---  are silent.

It is left to Fars and a member of Parliament's National Security Committee, Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, to put out a statement:

The goal of Russia's negotiations was that the two groups reach a common point, but it seems that the negotiating team [of the 5+1 Powers --- US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia] is not so interested in reaching a common point. The negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 in Russia showed that the group uses the tactic of double-standard practice against Iran's nuclear policies," he said, and reiterated "This tactic is evidently on their agenda.

Apparently the regime --- which faces the pressure from the "West" but has also committed itself to technical talks on 3 July with the 5+1 Powers, thus avoiding a complete breakdown of the negotiations --- is deciding whether to show a sign of remaining hope or to turn its face against the "enemy".

Meanwhile, State media brings in others to show Iran's concern. This morning Press TV highlights a French call for tougher sanctions and the comment of a Chinese analyst, "US Seeks to Turn N-case Into Crisis", while IRNA leads with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon asking both Iran and the 5+1 to "show flexibiity".

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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