The Iranian regimeâ€™s response to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), once again shows that not only can the mullahs not be trusted to keep any of their agreements or promises, but also that they will use any opportunity to advance their own inauspicious aims. They do this while simultaneously and shamelessly talking about being prepared to negotiate and invite everyone to have â€œpatience.â€
On the same day that Javier Solana was in Tehran, the mullahsâ€™ regime started injecting uranium hexafluoride into its 164 nuclear centrifuge cascade.
Furthermore, according to reports published by the IAEA, traces of highly enriched uranium have also been found by international inspectors at a nuclear site in Tehran.
Nevertheless, the regimeâ€™s representative in Vienna called with obscenity mixed with threats for an end to â€œpolitical gesturesâ€ and added, â€œLetâ€™s not have any repeated allegations. The other party should be careful not to intensify the situation. We need to have talks in a peaceful and productive atmosphere.â€
At the same time, at a press conference in to Egypt Ali Larijani, Iranâ€™s chief nuclear negotiator used the calm situationâ€” that has come about while the West awaits the regimeâ€™s responseâ€” to â€œcall for some changes to the Westâ€™s propositions.â€ He indirectly rejected a freeze on enrichment activities and said, â€œIn the propositions, there are preconditions set and we have said in advance that we will not accept any suggestion that has preconditions attached to it.â€
The mullahsâ€™ intentions are now so obvious that even Joschka Fischer, Germanyâ€™s former Foreign Minister, who for a long time was an advocate and promoter of the Westâ€™s appeasement policy toward Iran, says that there are â€œlittle doubts now that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.â€
â€œAn Iran, armed with nuclear weapons is as horrendous as a military confrontation,â€ Fisher admits.
But yet when it comes to a solution, the appeasement virus acts so he calls for a â€œgrand bargainâ€ for the mullahsâ€™ dictatorship; an offer of security guarantees for the survival of this inhuman regime.
Fars, a state-run news agency in Iran, underscores the matter on behalf of the mullahs. This news agency welcomes ElBaradeiâ€™s attention to the â€œsecurity issuesâ€ and writes, â€œThe fact that ElBaradei has talked about the security issues, is very important because it is one of the issues that was expected to be addressed in the Western proposals to Iran.â€
But the experience and twenty seven years of appeasement policy has shown that at the bargaining table it is always the mullahs who benefit the most. They use the time to advance in their nuclear projects.
To guarantee peace and prevent the mullahsâ€™ regime from acquiring nuclear weapons, only a firm policy and imposition of comprehensive sanctions will bring results.
Even if you want to force the mullahs to back down as the advocates of the appeasement policy insist on, this is only possible through firmness rather than â€œsecurity guarantees.â€