Israel Readies for US-Iran Talks under Obama

A00268862.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Israel is preparing for direct US-Iranian talks on Iran’s nuclear capability within six months if Senator Barack Obama becomes the next US President.

An inter-agency panel several months ago coordinated by Zionist foreign minister and prime minister designate Tzipi Livni comprising officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Atomic Energy Commission, the National Security Council, the Mossad, the Defense Ministry and academic experts outlined numerous scenarios, Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

One scenario, worrying for Israel, proposes that Obama will enter into immediate, unconditional and talks to convince Iran to give up its Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) right of uranium enrichment.

According to a second scenario Iran announces before or immediately after the US elections, that it accepts the six power plan to jointly end uranium enrichment and international sanctions and that talks begin within 45 days on a complete suspension of its uranium enrichment in exchange for a Western package of incentives.

The latter option seems to be almost impossible given Iran’s firm stand on its nuclear rights as a signatory to the NPT.

In either case Israel would seek to condition the start of a Western dialogue and substantive negotiations on a complete halt to Iran’s uranium enrichment program and to guarantee that Israel’s deterrence would not be sacrificed in a deal with Iran on a global disarmament initiative, sources in the Zionist regime told Haaretz.

Meanwhile the Israeli foreign ministry has tasked four teams to prepare overseas Israeli missions around the world for a diplomatic and media offensive to boycott Iran economically.

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Speculation that Israel could bomb Iran has mounted since a big Israeli air drill in June. In the first week of June, 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters reportedly took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece, which was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.

Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.

The United States has also always stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran’s progress in the field of nuclear technology.

Iran has warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

Intensified threats by Tel Aviv and Washington of military action against Iran contradict a recent report by 16 US intelligence bodies which endorsed the civilian nature of Iran’s nuclear plans and activities.

Following the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and similar reports by the IAEA head – one in November and the other one in February – which praised Iran’s truthfulness about key aspects of its past nuclear activities and announced settlement of outstanding issues with Tehran, any effort to impose further sanctions or launch military attack on Iran seems to be completely irrational.

The February report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, praised Iran’s cooperation in clearing up all of the past questions over its nuclear program, vindicating Iran’s nuclear program and leaving no justification for any new UN sanctions.

The UN nuclear watchdog has also carried out at least 14 surprise inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites so far, but found nothing to support West’s allegations.

Following the said reports by the US and international bodies, many world states have called the UN Security Council pressure against Tehran unjustified, demanding that Iran’s case be normalized and returned from the UNSC to the IAEA.

Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “is unlikely” to delay the country’s program.

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