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In #Iran Wednesday is National Nuclear Technology day

6 Apr

After entering office in August 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared the 20th day in the month of Farvardin (9th of April) as “National Nuclear Technology day”.

During his 8 years in office, he used this day to declare and celebrate new advancement in Iran’s nuclear program.

For example during the 2008 National Nuclear Technology day celebrations, Ahmadinejad declared that “Iran was ready to install some 6,000 new centrifuges at the nuclear facility in the central province of Natanz”.

This coming National Nuclear Technology day (this Wednesday) will be the first since he left office.

According to the Tehran based “Khabar on line”, this year there won’t be any government officials who will be attending this ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Esfahan.

The most important official who will attend will be Saeed Jalili, who is the supreme leader’s representative in the Supreme National Security Council. He is not an elected official, nor is he part of the government.

His attendance shows that although this day was celebrated after Ahmadinejad came to office, it is one which the Supreme Leader identifies with and wants to continue.

Therefore there is every chance that despite the report in Khabar online, members of the government end up attending the event.

The conservative press such as 598.ir which is already calling for Iran to walk out of the nuclear talks because of a recent dispute with the EU over the issue of human rights is likely to use this occasion to attack Rouhani.

Iran’s president has many enemies inside the Iranian regime, and they will use every opportunity to attack him. Even though his government has handled the nuclear program with far more expedience in less than one year, than Ahmadinejad’s government did in 8.

Robert Gates is also against new Iran sanctions

27 Jan

There are those in the US Congress who want to impose additional sanctions against Iran.

I am against such an idea. Iran has promised to implement the Geneva nuclear deal and we see that it has already started implementing its obligations. Punishing Iran for taking positive steps will push them away from moderation in the negotiations. Why would someone want to cooperate if they are punished for it?

Imposing new sanctions now will also say to the Iranians that the P5+1 is not an honest partner. After all, according to the new deal signed between the two, the P5+1 has promised not to impose new sanctions during the interim agreement. A deal is a deal. It’s equally bad when and if the US breaks it, as it is if Iran breaks it.

Don’t get me wrong, sanctions have been very successful in changing the Iranian regime’s nuclear stance. But now that they seem to be bearing fruit, we should give an opportunity for Iran and the P5+1 to show that they are both sincere and are willing to follow their promises with action. If Iran does not deliver then it would justify tougher sanctions.

Obama is also against new sanctions being passed at this moment. He wants to give diplomacy a chance. This morning his position was supported by two senators in a New York Times op-ed.

And now former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has joined them. Gates is a very respected man in the US Defence establishment. He is the only secretary of defence to serve under two consecutive presidents who represented opposing parties as he served under both Bush and Obama.  His words are worth listening to.

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