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U.S. has failed in step-by-step policy against Iran: analyst

TEHRAN, June 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- A group of political analysts discussed the latest developments in Iran's nuclear program at a round table meeting held at the offices of the Tehran Times and the Mehr News Agency on Friday.

Pointing to the U.S. opposition to Iran's nuclear program, political analyst Hossein Alaii said, "The Americans wanted to force Iran to back down from its nuclear stance by putting strong political pressure on the country and threatening to launch a military attack against Iran."

The U.S. adopted a step-by-step policy to reach its goal but failed to do so, said the former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps official.

Washington had announced it would not negotiate with Tehran because it would give legitimacy to the Iranian government, but was later forced to put negotiation on the table, he noted.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently voiced Washington's readiness to enter into nuclear talks with Iran on the condition that Iran suspends its uranium enrichment program.

"The Americans wanted a victory without war, they wanted to reach their goal without firing a single bullet, but, so far, they have failed in their efforts," Alaii observed.

He said that the unsuccessful discussions held between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States -- plus Germany in London and New York to reach a consensus on a resolution against Iran was a sign of the U.S. failure to attain its goals.

"And since Iran conducted active diplomacy and was constantly in contact with the UN secretary general and Russian officials, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Russia, and China all reached the conclusion that the nuclear issue could be resolved through dialogue outside the Security Council," he explained.

On the whole, the U.S. offer to negotiate with Iran is a backdown which benefits Iran, he opined.

However, political analyst Jalal Sadatian said that the U.S. is exerting political pressure on Iran as part of its efforts to create a new world order.

The Americans seek a global consensus against Iran, but Russia and China, as two major powers, are the greatest obstacles in their way, he noted.

Sadatian expressed pessimism over possible Iran-U.S. talks, saying that negotiations are unlikely to bear fruit since Iran is quite firm on its nuclear red lines.

"In the current situation, the U.S. is seriously threatening Iran, but, at the same time, it is ready to give Tehran some major concessions."

"Today, for the U.S., Israel has lost its previous status because Washington has become directly involved in the region. The U.S. now considers Iran its strategic partner and seeks to cooperate with it."

University professor Mehdi Motahharnia argued that Iran is of geopolitical importance in the Great Game of the world's major powers.

"Iran has a golden opportunity to gain concessions from all sides. In other words, both the threats and the opportunities are serious," Motahharnia noted.

Pointing to Iran's geo-strategic position in the region, he added, "Iran is Europe's future neighbor."

He stated that Iran should adopt vigilant diplomacy, take the initiative, and avoid confrontation in order to improve its position in the international arena.

Iran is like a football, with the main players being Europe, the U.S., and Japan, political analyst Ja'far Qamat observed.

"China and India will join the players in the next stages. There has been a long process and the match is in its final stages," he added.

The U.S. precondition for talks is unacceptable for Iran, and Washington only wants to strengthen the global consensus against Iran through its offer, Qamat stated.

He added that Iran should adopt a tough but flexible strategy.

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