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Elections will not change Iran’s nuclear policy: Analyst
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The Iranian elections really will change nothing because there’s a consensus among the politicians in Iran of various political backgrounds that the nuclear program is Iran’s right and they’ll pursue it.”

Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran

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Elections in Iran will not alter Tehran’s policy on continuing its nuclear energy program as all Iranian political factions unanimously put their weight behind the agenda, a political analyst tells Press TV.


“The Iranian elections really will change nothing because there’s a consensus among the politicians in Iran of various political backgrounds that the nuclear program is Iran’s right and they’ll pursue it,” said Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran in a Saturday interview.

The comments come as Iran is gearing up to hold its eleventh presidential election on June 14, 2013.

Marandi warned of a “push-back from Iran” if Washington’s pressures against Tehran continue and noted, “As American fortunes in the region decline, it’s really not in the interests of the United States to continue with these policies.”

The analyst argued that the US and EU’s sanctions against Iran aim “to hurt ordinary Iranians” and called the scenario as “a crime against humanity.”

“Instead of trying to hurt ordinary Iranians, to try to make children die because of a lack of medicine, and instead of bombing country after country, the United States has to really rethink what the United States’ policy in the region is,” he said.

The United Nations Security Council has imposed four rounds of US-engineered sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The Security Council's measure was followed by a series of illegal unilateral embargoes against Iran by the US and the European Union.

Following the US-engineered sanctions on Iran’s banking, the imports of more than fifty kinds of badly needed medicine for people who suffer from certain diseases such as children’s cancer, thalassemia, multiple sclerosis (MS), and respiratory and heart diseases, have declined drastically.

Those who suffer from such diseases hardly find their medicine or if they do, they should pay a high price.

Marandi pointed to the latest round of talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which wrapped up in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Thursday, and argued that the nuclear body’s inspections from Iran’s nuclear facilities should be carried out within a “structured framework.”

“The Iranians are saying that in response to our cooperation there has to be a comprehensive solution; and for every step that we take, there has to be a step taken on behalf of the IAEA and by extension, of course, the P5+1 (Permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany),” he noted.

Iran and the IAEA seek to finalize a structured framework that could outline the cooperation between the two sides. The IAEA wants to revisit Parchin, a military site southeast of Tehran, to probe Western and Israeli allegations that the site is linked to Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Iran has rejected the allegation of nuclear activities being carried out at Parchin with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi pointing out that it is technically impossible to clean up places where nuclear work has been done.

In addition, Iran has allowed the IAEA to inspect the site twice in the past. Tehran says any new Agency inspection must be governed by an agreement that lays out the scope of such an inspection.

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