“Both Iran, P5+1 want to reach agreement to pre-empt possible Israeli strike”

Posted on June 20, 2012


Both Iran and P5+1 group want to reach an agreement in a bid to halt the military aspects of Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and to pre-empt a possible Israeli strike, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey said.

“What Iran needs is a softening of sanctions. And as long as the six-party talks are ongoing, it is difficult for Israel to launch a strike against Iran.” the expert noted earlier.

On May 23 Iran and the “5+1” group held talks in Baghdad, regarding Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Before Baghdad, the talks between Iran and the six members of the P5+1 group were held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14. Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive. On June 18-19 another round of talks was held in Moscow.

By the end of the nuclear negotiations, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Iran and six world powers were not able to bridge their different positions on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

U.S., other Western countries, and Israel suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of peaceful nuclear energy program. Tehran denies the charges, saying its nuclear program is for anything but civilian purposes.

A number of states and international organizations, including the United Nations, adopted sanctions against Iran demanding from the Islamic republic to ensure full transparency of its nuclear program and to prove that it is exclusively for peaceful purposes.

Iranian officials have stated on numerous occasions that any aggressive move against the Islamic Republic would be met with proper resistance.

“The problem is that the incentives being offered Iran are premised on the assumption that sanctions have forced Iran back to the negotiating table,” Dorsey said.

As a result, the incentives do not alleviate the impact of the sanctions nor do they allow Iran to save face, expert added.

Dorsey noted that this month’s nuclear talks in Moscow were the first truly substantive ones. He underscored that the key is to keep the negotiations going, which is something all parties have an interest in.