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11/25/03

MP Koulaie: Iran-IAEA talks ruined US-EU consensus

Tehran Constituency MP Elaheh Koulaie said on Monday that the long rounds of talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) actually ruined the consensus previously existed between the US and the EU towards Iran's nuclear projects, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Koulaie, speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, said, "During the course of the lengthy rounds of talks between Iran and the IAEA, it was made clear that the Americans were lobbying for their pre-determined intentions on Iran to be announced by the IAEA, and for obtaining the EU's approval for it."

She added, "The significance of Tehran talks with three big European powers, too, should not be ignored in that context, because those talks meaningfully lowered the possibility of achieving a US-EU consensus against Iran."

The member of the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament added, "The Europeans and the Americans completely shared concerns on Iran's nuclear programs prior to Tehran talks, but the Europeans tried to secure their own interests and gain a more effective stand, taking advantage of the prevailing conditions." She added, "In doing so, the Europeans also intended to regulate their relations with the US amid the globally changing political atmosphere."

She said, "The only way to confront the US bullying is to yield to the path put forth by the reformers during the past few years in the framework of the foreign relations of the country, that is sticking to the detente policy and trust building, both in regional and at international scenes."

Koulaie further elaborated, "respecting the norms and values of the others would be a first step to be taken in that context." The MP concluded, "Also, in order to annul the plots hatched by Israel and the United States, we need to stick to the norms and values that are of high importance for the world public opinion."

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