Ahmadinejad Says, ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ – Again
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he is ready to make a deal with the West with limits on enriched uranium. However, he is sure the other side won’t accept it, and judging by previous preconditions for deals and agreements that basically were “take without give,” he probably is right.
"We have always been ready and we are ready" to make a deal that will address Western concerns, he said in an interview with The Washington Post.
"We have given many sound proposals as well,” he claimed. "Fundamentally, we have no concerns about moving forward with the dialogue, we have always wanted a dialogue. We have a very clear logic: We do believe that if everyone adheres to the rule of law and everyone respects all parties, that there will be no problems."
Ahmadinejad now says that he does not even believe the Obama administration and Western allies are really concerned about the Iranian nuclear program as much as they really want to undermine the Islamic regime.
"Do you really believe that this is the root of the issue?" he asked. "That we have some tonnage of three plus percent enriched uranium? So do you really believe that this is the only problem for those who are putting us under a lot of pressure?"
Ahmadinejad’s “Let’s Make a Deal” tactic is old hat.
Over the years, Iran has proposed pre-conditions for a “deal” on it nuclear program, and the West has rejected them.
Last month, the IAEA accused Iran of attempting to conceal the possible “military dimensions” of its nuclear program by destroying evidence at its Parchin military complex.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog continued to try to talk with Iranian officials about an agreement but suspended discussions after concluding that "important differences remain.”
Even nine years ago, the IAEA caught Iran breaking promises that has been made weeks before in its “Tehran declaration,” stating Iran would cooperate with the IAEA and suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities during the course of the negotiations.
The IAEA reported later the same year, “It is clear that Iran has failed in a number of instances over an extended period of time to meet its obligations under its Safeguards Agreement with respect to the reporting of nuclear material and its processing and use, as well as the declaration of facilities where such material has been processed and stored."
The Islamic Republic reneged on its promise to permit the IAEA to carry out its inspections and suspended the Additional Protocol agreement made the previous year.
Ahmadinejad also has tried to charm the United States.
In May 2006, he sent a personal letter to U.S. President George W. Bush to propose "new ways" to end the impasse over Iran's unsupervised nuclear development. The letter did not mention Western concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, prompting Bush administration officials to dismiss it as a publicity stunt.
Ahmadinejad also tried to tempt Bush into a debate at the United General Assembly. The White House rejected the ploy, saying, "There's not going to be a steel-cage grudge match between the President and Ahmadinejad.”
Later in 2006, Ahmadinejad tried to appeal directly to the American people with an open letter urging dialogue because of American involvement in the Mideast. he accused the United States of concealing the truth about relations in the region.