Omid Memarian

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Iran and Russia are engaged in negotiations concerning Iran's plans for nuclear development. Iran insists on enriching uranium inside the country, at least in part. Iranian officials are aware that if they reject the Russian proposal altogether, they will face sanctions from the Security Council. This puts the new conservative government in a delicate position. Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, uses strong rhetoric when discussing Iran's nuclear energy policy, but practically it is not up to him to make the final decision. In the Iranian political system, there are a number of high clerics, such as the Supreme Leader and the head of the Expediency Council, Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani, who are in complete control of Iran's foreign relations. In the event that the ultra conservative president acts impulsively, they are quick to impose their policies and make him return to a more prudent course of action. I think Iranians will be forced to compromise with Russia in the coming days.


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