German Analyst: West Should Recognize Iran’s Enrichment Right, Lift Sanctions
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A prominent German analyst said on Wednesday that the West should very soon confirm Iran’s right to enrich uranium and lift the numerous sanctions it has imposed on country, adding that hopes of regime change in Iran are no more than an illusion.
“Drafting such a deal was not an easy job because the US administration was under intense pressure from Congress to deny Iran the right to enrich uranium; at the same time the government of President Rouhani is adamant that the country must have the enrichment right," said Ulrich Tilgner in an interview with Tasnim, referring to a deal signed between Iran and six world powers later last month in Geneva.
He hailed the breakthrough deal for helping avert the possibility of a new war in the Middle East region, but said the path to a final resolution of the standoff was a long and laborious one.
“I personally do not expect any rapid end to this dispute and even in the long run (at least a year), only major steps towards resolving the dispute can be taken. Normalization of ties between Iran and the West will take years,” he added.
Tilgner argues that the process to improve ties is reciprocal, urging the West "to accept Iran's stances on the issue of uranium enrichment and to soon lift sanctions it has placed on the country," and asking Iran to "play a constructive role in resolving regional conflicts and tensions."
Elsewhere in the interview, the German analyst said the western government have problems with both Iran's nuclear program and the Islamic system of the country. "They expect Iran to give up using nuclear technology and at the same time have pinned hope on regime change in Iran. The experience of the last 34 years has proved such dreams are just a mirage and illusion," he opined.
On the reaction of Israel to the Geneva nuclear deal, he said, “Israel intends to gain a broad spectrum of concessions from the United States over the Iran-West nuclear dispute, including in settlements’ construction, financial assistance, and military cooperation.”
US relations with Israel have been strained since the interim deal was reached last month between Iran and six world powers - the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal reached in Geneva an “historic mistake” and believes that giving any sanctions relief is dangerous.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) signed a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program after three rounds of intensive talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, which can set the stage to negotiate a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear program.
During the half-year period, Iran and the G5+1 are due to negotiate a comprehensive deal with the aim of resolving for good the standoff over Iran's nuclear program after a decade of on-off meetings and failed attempts.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities and allow more inspection of its nuclear facilities, the six world powers have agreed to impose no new sanctions on Iran and to suspend some existing ones on its trade in petrochemicals, automobiles, gold and precious metals, civil aviation parts, and food and medicine.