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Cablegate: Iran Press/Nuclear - November 23 - Supreme Council For

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TAGS: IR PGOV PREL PARM
SUBJECT: IRAN PRESS/NUCLEAR - NOVEMBER 23 - SUPREME COUNCIL FOR
NATIONAL SECURITY DEPUTY HEAD ALI BAQERI

TITLE: NSC Deputy: The West Isn't Ready to Continue Discussions

SUMMARY: In an extensive November 23 IRNA story ( IRNA,
official, pro-Ahmadinejad), covering remarks made by National
Security Deputy Head Ali Baqeri in a meeting concerning Iran's
nuclear positions at Shahid Beheshti University, Baqeri said
[unless otherwise noted, all comments are direct quotes]:

- Despite the expression of satisfaction by Solana in the
October 28 communication with Mr. Jalili and the agreements
carried out at the Geneva 2 negotiations, apparently the other
side doesn't have the necessary readiness for continuing
discussions~ The main issue is internal problems with the other
side [i.e. the West] and the Friday Brussels meeting showed that
the other side doesn't view the continuation of discussions as
in its interest.

-[on Iran producing 20 percent fuel]: From a technical viewpoint
we have no problems producing this fuel and if other countries
don't give us this fuel we ourselves can produce it. From a
legal viewpoint we don't have any problems providing fuel for
the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) because there is no barrier
for any country enriching above 5 percent or 20 percent and if
the IAEA can't provide IAEA fuel we'll produce it domestically.

- From a technical viewpoint we have no problems producing fuel,
based on the Security Council agreement import and export of
materials is forbidden but the request of these countries shows
that they have retreated from their position. We have reached
the position where Iran's performance has changed a field of
opposition to one of interaction.

- Iran has no problem transferring 3.5 percent fuel but on the
condition that provision of TRR fuel is 100 percent guaranteed
and definitely if there are any doubts or uncertainties we won't
enter the deal/exchange and this is the Islamic Republic of
Iran's position.

- The only way is that this exchange occur on Iranian soil and
in this case the guarantee is definite.

- [student question: if Iran gives its fuel and doesn't get TRR
fuel back?]: Who said it was arranged for Iran to send out its
fuel? One of the ways of a 100 percent guarantee of getting TRR
fuel is conducting the exchange of 3.5 percent fuel for 20
percent fuel inside Iran.

- Western countries don't live up to their commitments. For
example we bought 60 tons of UF6 from France but it didn't give
it to us and despite the fact that a French court ruled in
Iran's favor France still refrained from giving it to Iran.
Also, the Germans, Canadians and the Brits have repeatedly
violated their commitments in relation to Bushehr.

- [Question re Russian obstructionism re Bushehr]: Up to the
present the Russians have delivered 80 tons of fuel for the
Bushehr power plant to us, but we have not signed a brotherhood
pact with anyone.

- All countries pursue their own interests. Nonetheless Russia's
non-fulfillment of their commitments is definite, although there
have been problems in the process of meeting the needs of the
Bushehr reactor.

EYREAE

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