Tehran: A handout picture released by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s official website shows him (R) listening to an expert during a tour of Tehran’s research reactor centre on February 15, 2012. (AFP Photo/Ho)
Israel says it is unlikely Iran will give up its controversial nuclear activity without “a real military alternative.” The statement comes from the PM’s top adviser after the six powers agreed to resume talks with Iran over its nuclear program.
“It should be clear that without a real military alternative, the Iranians will not relent in the negotiations. And without there being a serious alternative, they will not enter the negotiations, and in any event there has to be readiness for the negotiations failing,” Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, said on Wednesday.
Although he added that there “will be no one happier” than Israel “if it emerges that in these talks Iran will give up on its military nuclear capability.”
Speaking during a news conference in the White House, US President Barack Obama said there is a “window of opportunity” to solve the tension around Iran’s nuclear program peacefully.
However, some, like researcher Benjamin Schett, are skeptical about this.
“It seems to be some kind of theater that the Israeli or American officials are playing,” Schett told RT.
He adds that “Obama’s soft power that he is using to meddle in Iran’s interior affairs probably will not succeed, not with economic sanctions. Although they will hit Iran hard, there are still countries like China, India, even Japan and South Korea and others who are still importing Iranian oil. ”
“So, probably at some point the American administration will say well, we tried everything in diplomacy and they will of course support Israel’s attacks,” Schett speculates.
On Tuesday the EU foreign policy head, Catherine Ashton, said that the six big powers, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, had agreed to resume talks on Iran’s nuclear program and hope negotiation will help to restore “international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, while respecting Iran’s right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”
Also on Tuesday Tehran said it would also allow nuclear inspectors to visit a secret military Parchin site, which is yet to be arranged.
“It is not the first time Iran tries to find some kind of compromise with the West. Iran always tried to please the US side,”Schett concluded.
Previous visits by UN atomic officials could not reach any conclusion on the existence of weapons because they were denied access to key facilities.