Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh says that his country would be a “reliable partner” for the West if those nations weren’t so quick to threaten and so unwilling to talk.
In comments to the nuclear NPT meeting in Geneva, Soltanieh says that if the international community stopped demanding Iran scrap its civilian nuclear program they’d find an eager partner open to long-term strategic cooperation.
Soltanieh went on to say that the policies of confrontation, favored for decades by the US and others, were really benefiting no one and that good faith negotiations would be a better strategy.
The US has yet to respond to the comments, but yesterday referred to Iran’s civilian program as a threat to the NPT’s inherent viability. Israel, also a fan of the threaten-and-confront strategy, did not comment, since they aren’t members of the NPT in the first place.
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