Monthly archive : "October, 2013"

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The United States made a mistake by isolating Iran in the past

The United States made a mistake by isolating Iran in the past

  Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: British political scientist and university professor believes that the United States made a mistake in 2001 by pursuing an agenda of isolating Iran, and should have adopted a policy of diplomacy and dialog with Iran instead. “A major opportunity was missed after 2001 and it is imperative that the U.S. does not make the same mistakes it made then by isolating and threatening Iran,” said Prof. Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen in an interview with the Tehran Times. Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen is a Research Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy at Rice University and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. His research focuses on political and security developments in the...

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Iran’s Nuclear File: How Does The Future Look Like?

Iran’s Nuclear File: How Does The Future Look Like?

Kourosh Ziabari - With the recommencement of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, hopes have been revived that more than a decade of conflict and dispute between the two sides can finally come to an end and the concerns over the possible diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities toward an atomic weapon will be completely allayed. The international observers hailed the latest round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) on October 15 and 16 in Geneva as constructive, calling it a step forward on the path of finding a conclusive and definite resolution for Iran’s nuclear standoff. The Iranian negotiators demanded that the contents of the talks...

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Iran-U.S. rapprochement possible with goodwill and determination

Iran-U.S. rapprochement possible with goodwill and determination

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: People in Iran and the United States are enthusiastically monitoring the headlines on the newspapers and the TV channels to see if a historic breakthrough between their countries will finally emerge at the critical juncture when the two rivals are expected to strike a deal over the decade-long controversy on Iran’s nuclear program and move toward a momentous normalization of bilateral relations. After the foreign ministers of Iran and the United States met and greeted each other on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, and following the groundbreaking phone conversation between the presidents of the two countries in the final hours of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s...

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World awaits Iran nuclear talks

World awaits Iran nuclear talks

  Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: As Iran and the six world powers are slated to convene in Geneva on October 15 and 16 to discuss Iran’s nuclear energy program for the first time since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, the international community will anxiously and enthusiastically wait to see if the new round of talks can put an end to the decade-long standoff over Tehran’s nuclear file. The main question ahead of the talks is that whether the new round of negotiations which are being held after a five-month hiatus will finally lead to a negotiated deal and “win-win” solution, as termed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. And for the Iranians across the globe, the more important question is, “will...

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World Needs to Reciprocate President Rouhani’s Goodwill Gesture

World Needs to Reciprocate President Rouhani’s Goodwill Gesture

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent political scientist and university professor Nader Entessar says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic efforts at the United Nations were considerably important in restructuring Iran’s foreign relations and should be reciprocated with mutual goodwill gestures by the West. Prof. Nader Entesaar believes that President Rouhani’s outreach to the world is a remarkable step in finding a comprehensive and viable solution to Iran’s nuclear standoff, but the Israeli regime is angry at these overtures and will not welcome any rapprochement or détente between Iran and the West. “Netanyahu’s UN speech was vacuous and vituperative... Any US-Iran rapprochement will...

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There Are Hopes for A Breakthrough in Iran-US Talks

There Are Hopes for A Breakthrough in Iran-US Talks

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: In less than 3 days, Iran and the six world powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) will be sitting at the negotiating table in Geneva to discuss the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program and find ways for getting out of the stalemate that has marred Iran’s relations with the West for more than one decade. Following the victory of Dr. Hassan Rouhani in Iran’s June 14 presidential elections, hopes were revitalized that the nuclear standoff can be resolved as Iran’s new president categorically promised to find a viable, comprehensive and peaceful solution to this erosive confrontation between Iran and the Western powers, including the United...

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Normal citizens are suffering from Iran sanctions

Normal citizens are suffering from Iran sanctions

  Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin believes that the crisis in Syria should be solved through talks and diplomatic efforts, not the use of unilateral force by the external players. “All the efforts have to be sought in order to start the peace process in Syria. I think it’s not going to be facilitated by the use of military force from an external source. I think it should be assured that all the solutions for Syria should remain peaceful. A good move was the decision on the chemical weapons. I think that this is the first step that should continue and go on until finding a lasting solution, but again using military or paramilitary means is not going to be a good service to the...

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US Supports Terrorists When They Fight its Adversaries

US Supports Terrorists When They Fight its Adversaries

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Syria has become a battlefield for the face-off between the forces of government, Al-Qaeda terrorists and foreign-backed mercenaries that are hell-bent on removing President Bashar al-Assad from power. So far, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war which has extricated the Arab country. After a chemical attack in the Ghouta district of Damascus killed around 1,400 people, as claimed by the United States, the White House announced that it intends to launch a “surgical”, “limited” military strike against Syria, and that the attack would certainly take place. It later postponed its plans after the Russian government presented a proposal that would demand Syria to...

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Governments Condemn War Crimes When it Serves their Interests

Governments Condemn War Crimes When it Serves their Interests

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: More than two years after the outburst of conflict and violence in Syria, the government of President Bashar al-Assad is being accused of killing its own citizens and using chemical weapons against the rebels. Although these claims haven’t been substantiated with credible evidence yet, the United States and its allies are ratcheting up their war rhetoric against Syria and lobbying to ensure a UN Security Council resolution that will permit them to launch limited, surgical attacks against Syria’s military and government sites and perhaps lead to the removal of President Assad from power. The crisis in Syria has embattled the country in a complicated and unusual situation which sounds...

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Bibi getting more isolated over Iran war rhetoric

Bibi getting more isolated over Iran war rhetoric

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: After delivering that ludicrous speech to the UN and displaying the childish cartoon of a bomb with a fuse to the world leaders in 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again made himself a laughing stock by parroting nonsensical, hallucinatory words about Iran’s nuclear program and its newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani in the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. Bibi Netanyahu described Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a “wolf in the sheep clothing” and dedicated almost all his unfruitful and boring speech to the statements made by President Rouhani in his address to the UN General Assembly’s General Debate. One may think that the Israeli hawk had prepared nothing to say...

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