Representatives of the P5+1 during a meeting with the Iranian delegation in Baghdad, May 23, 2012
A top Iranian lawmaker says the approach of the Western members of the P5+1 in their latest round of talks with Tehran in Baghdad was influenced by Israel’s anti-Iran hostility.
“The West practically lacks a clear outlook on Iran’s nuclear energy program and has always tried to portray Iran as uncooperative prior to and after each round of negotiations,” said Member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Mohammad Ashouri in a Saturday interview with ISNA.
“However, the historical fact is that the key source of obstruction during the (P5+1) talks has been the influence of the Zionist lobby on the American party in the negotiations, which also held true during the Baghdad talks,” Ashouri added.
He further pointed to the role of the powerful Western media conglomerates in promoting global publicity campaigns, on behalf of their governments, to portray the Iranian side in a negative light.
Ashouri also emphasized that the Islamic Republic presented a clear argument in the recent talks, pointing to Iran’s urgent need for the 20-percent-enriched uranium required in the production of radio isotopes for the many Iranian cancer patients and the West’s unwillingness to cooperate with the country in obtaining the fuel.
The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker came following a Friday visit to Israel by Senior American negotiator at the recent Baghdad talks, Wendy Sherman.
According to a US State Department statement, Sherman travelled to Tel Aviv “to reaffirm our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, however, refused to meet with Sherman.
Meanwhile, Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak threatened on May 22 that the Tel Aviv regime’s military strike against the Iranian nuclear facilities is not out of the question.
Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaie slammed Barak’s remarks in a letter to the UN Security Council as “provocative, illegitimate, against international laws, and strongly condemned.”
Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up their final meeting in Baghdad on Thursday evening after two earlier sessions of negotiations on Thursday and Wednesday.
The two sides agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18-19.
On the first day of the negotiations, Iran offered a comprehensive package to the P5+1; while a European Union spokesman, Michael Mann, told Press TV that the group’s representatives put forward a set of new proposals to Tehran.
Sources close to the Iranian delegation said Iran maintains that its demands, including the lifting of the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, must be met.