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Skepticism on Geneva Talks between Iran and United States
The UAE papers have expressed skepticism on the out come of the Geneva talks between Iran and United States on former's controversial nuclear program, however they stressed both sides should continue their dialogue in future.

"There is an obvious clash due today in Geneva, when there will be the first diplomatic contact for many years between Iran and the United States. Neither side will make much headway on any of the major issues, but that does not mean that the talking should stop. Only through continual dialogue will any process be made. If they do not keep talking, they will never find any areas of common interest," commented Gulf News in its editorial titled "Iran and US set to clash in today's talks" on Oct. 1.
The paper has said that US and its Western allies have been very specific that they want to talk about Iran's nuclear programme, which they suspect includes making bombs.

Iran has offered wide-ranging talks on security and other issues, but repeatedly ruled out any discussions about its nuclear "rights."

The paper said that US president and Iranian leader are under domestic pressure, the most that one can hope from today's talks are that they both agree to meet again and to keep their channels of communication open.

The Gulf Today in its today's editorial comment titled "Geneva meeting — a cat-and-mouse game" has said that " they are unlikely to produce any realistic move towards settling the core dispute".

The reason is clear: The agenda of the two sides' conflict with each other to the point that there is little room for any compromise. The US is going to the talks determined to use tough international sanctions or whatever it takes to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear programme, remarked the paper.

On the other hand "Iran is entering the Geneva talks with a renewed determination not to allow the West to browbeat it into giving up what Tehran sees as its right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)".

The paper noted that "If anything, Iran will formally request at the Geneva talks that it be treated as a country exercising its legitimate nuclear rights and it be allowed to import nuclear material to produce energy for peaceful purposes".

That is what was indicated by Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on Wednesday as he left Tehran for the one-day meeting in Geneva.

Calling the Geneva encounter an "opportunity and a test" for the world powers, he said: "We are entering the talks with a good will." "The most possible outcome of the Geneva meeting will probably be more time for Iran to continue its nuclear activities while the West continues to study means to check it — with Israel waiting for the right opportunity to stage military strikes aimed at crippling the Iranian nuclear programme with little concern of the repercussions of such action" concluded the paper.




 

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