Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany-Kayhan

Say It Is So!
By Kayhan int’l Staff Writer

Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – wrapped up their second round of comprehensive talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday. After the talks, Iran announced that Tehran is always prepared for further negotiations with the P5+1, based on common issues – as it said last year in Geneva.
Western media outlets are now claiming that the two-day talks in Istanbul have failed and quoted EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton as saying that no new date for another meeting has been set. She blamed what the six consider “unrealistic demands by Iran — an end to illegal sanctions and agreement that Iran could continue to enrich uranium under the IAEA — for the inconclusive results.”
While the six went into the first day of talks Friday formally focused at freezing Iran’s uranium enrichment program, Tehran has repeatedly said this activity is not up for discussion. Instead, Iranian officials came to the table with an agenda that covered just about everything: Global disarmament, Israel’s nuclear arsenal, and Tehran’s concerns about US military bases and adventurism in Iraq and Afghanistan and of course the Persian Gulf.
Funny how in the middle of all this Russia and China are urging the West, especially the United States, to stop imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran! They argue that any decision with regard to Iran’s nuclear program should be addressed at the UN Security Council and not in Washington or London. But the West is not listening. Obviously, they got their own differences and if that’s the case then how is it possible for them to sit for talks and reach an agreement on important issues with Iran such as regional peace and security, and global disarmament?
Needless to say, the P5+1 don’t even have faith in what they have agreed upon thus far (imposing anti-Iran sanctions). From one hand, Washington forces others to cut trade ties with Iran and on the other according to the New York Times, “there are now more than 200 major American companies doing business in Iran!”
Just as equally, there are hundreds of Chinese, Russian, Japanese, South Korean and of course European firms doing business with the Islamic Republic in a host of fields such as energy, nuclear, food and agriculture, road and transportation, aviation, shipping, economy et al. And the interesting part of the scenario is that they have been doing so for almost three decades!
In other words, the West needs Iran and its much needed support in resolving many regional issues, yet it has to pay the price for it i.e., lifting the illegal sanctions and putting an end to the rhetoric of pressure and threat.
Over the past few months alone, Iran has shown that it is well capable of resolving many outstanding issues in places such as Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and even the global oil market (at the head of OPEC). All these plus points are at Iran’s disposal but they don’t come cheap. Iran can resolve many other crises in the Middle East as well – something that the West has been unable to do for 30 years.
The West needs Iran and that explains why they are desperate to sit for talks with the Islamic Republic more often. But as stated earlier, the West has to pay the price for Iran’s cooperation and assistance. The price set by the Iranian negotiators is one of the key strategies that Tehran has been pursuing for some time and they even raised the question immediately after the start of talks in Istanbul. Therefore, this is not about Iran or its nuclear program; rather getting Iran to help the West to clear up their mess across the Middle East.
In these talks, Iran is not the defendant and sees itself on an equal footing with the West. Iran says it is ready to help the West get out of the mire of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine and Middle East; yet there are red lines that Iran won’t cross and it will stick to it until the very end of the negotiations. More important though, Tehran is ready to pay the price to defend the inalienable right of its people without caving in to any preconditions and/or making any compromise.
In sum, the rise of Iran as a regional power and a reliable supplier of energy will continue and that success has been made abundantly clear by the presence of so many international trade and energy firms on its soil. Undoubtedly, Iran is not only a regional power with so many solutions at its disposal, but also a reliable global energy supplier and trade partner by any standards – a fact that the West, the European Union in particular, no longer disagree with, yet are too arrogant to publicly say so. If only they could say it is

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