11/19/2011

Parliament Commission to Review Iran's Cooperation with IAEA

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission plans to start a review over the country's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in coming days. The commission meeting to be attended by field experts and its members will discuss and study Iran's future cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog after IAEA chief's recent biased report on Iran's peaceful nuclear program. Earlier, several political factions and grouping, including Iranian university students, have urged the country's leaders to drop out of the IAEA and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Following the US pressures, Amano released a report against Iran last week, although he failed to state that Iran has been moving towards nuclear military goals. Iran on Friday successfully stared down the new US move to push it to the wall despite the strongly worded report released by the IAEA Director-General against its nuclear program. Few qualified observers doubt the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, but when Tehran saw the US and its western allies intensifying their antagonistic efforts very irrationally, it ran circles round them and made these powers lose their face in the eyes of China, Russia and other world countries. After two days of closed meetings, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors approved a weak resolution expressing concern about Iran's nuclear program. Russia and China voted in favor because the resolution did not reprimand Tehran or threaten new sanctions through the UN's Security Council in New York. Iran's representative immediately denounced it as biased and vowed that his country would pursue "work with further determination". But, analysts even in the West believe that no UN resolutions or sanctions is likely to get Tehran to back down since all the key domestic players support its nuclear program. The Iranian nation has convinced the world that it is a united, determined nation and will never bow to Western pressure. In any event, US-led military action is not on the table, despite rhetoric about nothing being off the table. Severe economic sanctions, such as blocking sale of Iranian oil or stopping all bank transactions, are unlikely to work because many world states, including China and India, are hungry for Iranian oil and gas and Russia does not want to lose Tehran to China by backing the West. So the only remaining option for the West is recognizing Iran's rights and trying to work out friendly relations with Iran which has now emerged as a regional power, while many believe that it turn into a world power in the next decade.