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Iran: Challenges and opportunities in New Year

TEHRAN, Apr. 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- On Monday, the Mehr News Agency talked to some MPs and political analysts to learn their views on the important challenges and opportunities that the government will face in the new Iranian year which began on March 21, 2006.

MP Mohsen Kuhkan of the Majlis Presiding Board said that Iran can cleverly turn its nuclear challenge into an opportunity in the New Year.

"Iran can change its nuclear dossier into an opportunity to reach all its interests and ends by following the diplomacy of last year," he stated.

He described direct Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq as an opportunity for Washington to end the crisis in Iraq through Iran.

"Iranian officials must be careful to sit at the negotiating table with clearly specified definitions," he added.

Coordination among the three judicial, legislative and executive bodies is another opportunity through which the officials can serve the ruling system and the people, Kuhkan noted.

Mohammad-Kazem Anbarlui of the Tehran daily Resalat said that the nuclear issue is not a serious challenge for Iran because the Iranian government and people have decided that there will be no retreat on the issue.

The most important challenge that the government is going to face in the new year is the challenge of "competency", he commented.

Ahmad Alamshahi of the Office for Consolidating Unity said that national cohesion should be taken into consideration like the previous year so that the country would be guaranteed against threats.

He referred to the establishment of a government which is in harmony with the Majlis and the Judiciary in the previous year as the most important opportunity for the ruling system.

On Iran's nuclear issue, he noted that the government should try to use the views of all experts and political parties in order to create unity in this regard.

International affairs analyst, Mahdi Motahharnia, said that the convergence of the country's three main bodies within the framework of national interests would create the best opportunity for the ruling system to serve the people.

The most important challenge that Iran is facing at this juncture is its nuclear issue, he added.

The West is trying to politicize Iran's nuclear issue and ignore the technical and legal aspects of its nuclear dossier, he pointed out.

Currently, he added, threats have been aimed at Iran through its nuclear issue which can be turned into an opportunity by maintaining national unity.

On a possible military strike against Iran, he said that a military option is not wise option and will cost the enemies very dearly.

Reformist MP Iraj Nadimi who serves as the Majlis Economic Committee spokesman said that if Iran cannot resolve its nuclear standoff thorough an active diplomacy, it will have to face various challenges especially economic problems.

"If we manage to resolve the nuclear issue properly, we will be able to absorb foreign investment and prevent capital flight," he pointed out.

The New Year can be an economic opportunity for the country because of the incredibly high oil revenues of the previous year, he said.

MP Javad Arianmanesh said that it will be a golden opportunity for Iran if it reaches acceptable results in its nuclear program.

"Although there are many dangers on this way, we have to move forward," he said, adding that it is meaningless to back down on the nuclear case.

In order to thwart the threats, the government should establish a comprehensive social welfare system, fight poverty and corruption, set right the judicial system and increase the payment of the government employees, he pointed out.

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