Tehran, April 10, IRNA-An Iranian daily advised the West on Monday to try to resolve its nuclear standoff with Iran through diplomatic ways rather than through threats, intimidation or possible use of military action.
Commenting on the order of priorities of the Iranian government, `Iran Daily' noted that it puts "peaceful and permanent resolution of the three-year-old nuclear issue" top in its 2006-07 agenda.
The editorial expressed regret that there "are radical elements with a lot of clout" on each side who do not really want to see the nuclear issue resolved.
It went on to say that Iran had repeatedly given assurances to the international community regarding the peaceful nature of its nuclear program such as the confidence-building measures it had adopted.
It also noted that Iran had always left the door open for talks to resolve the issue.
"However, it is obvious that the negotiations cannot and should not be open-ended," stressed the paper.
Referring to the upcoming visit of IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei to Tehran that would most probably take place on Friday, the editorial said that the visit is another indication that Iran is serious about both its commitments within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Reminding that intimidation, threats, economic sanctions or even military action would never work with Tehran as proven in the past quarter of a century, the daily advised "bullies of the western type" to act on the basis of what lies in the interest of the region and the world.
It concluded by urging Western powers "to stop making a nuisance of themselves and come to the negotiating table with practical and workable solutions."
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