The Javan newspaper published a large photo of Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on its front page quoting Mohammad Eslami, chief of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) as saying: “(They want us) Install surveillance cameras so that they could repeat terrorist operations!”
Javan wrote under the headline: “Tesa Centrifuge Parts Manufacturing Complex in Karaj was the target of a suspected terrorist attack on June 23, an event that Iran immediately confirmed, although the Iranian version of the extent of the damage caused was different from informal versions abroad and now the International Atomic Energy Agency wants to reinstall its cameras in the same complex, citing an agreement reached 17 days ago with Rafael Grossi in Tehran.”
The IAEO chief has said Iran would not accept the re-installation of cameras at Tesa to avoid a repeat of the June 23 terrorist attack. Iran suspects leaking nuclear information through the IAEA and has repeatedly warned the UN nuclear watchdog over the past two decades. Despite Rafael Grossi’s agreement with Mohammad Eslami 17 days ago, Tehran did not receive a good response from Vienna, to the extent that some observers in Tehran maintain that the new government of Ibrahim Raisi should not have given such privilege to 60 year old Grossi at the outset of the new administration.
The Jomhouri Eslami newspaper in its FYI column writes: “According to the head of the Tehran Supermarket and Protein Materials Union: “Economic conditions have caused between 15 and 20 percent of Tehran supermarkets to close their shops or change jobs.” Saeed Derakhshani says the closure of supermarkets occurred for a number of reasons, including rising prices for consumer goods, declining purchasing power, low sales, rising taxes and high rents.
The Arman Melli newspaper carries a front page headline reading: “Delay in negotiations is to the detriment of Iran not the West.” The paper said: “The Raisi administration is seeking to adopt a policy of procrastination and killing time and create conditions that would force the United States to abandon the talks and the Raisi administration could accuse Washington in international forums of leaving the negotiating table. The conditions for nuclear negotiations have become complicated and difficult. At the same time, the administration of President Raisi is in no hurry to start the negotiations.”
Arman Melli has also interviewed Dr. Ali Bigdeli, an expert in international relations. He believes: “Today’s situation has changed and those who were critical of Barjam (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) until yesterday have to make a decision today. It seems that these people have come to the conclusion that there is no economic opening in the country without the revival of Barjam. The fact is that “Raisi and (his Foreign Minister) Amir Abdullahian follow the same line of thinking that Shariatmadari and the Kayhan newspaper do and have no intention to change this trend. The government thinks that if it deviates from this line of thinking and enters the negotiations willingly, it will lose its supporters inside the country.”
“If Iran does not allow IAEA inspectors to visit the nuclear facilities and return to the negotiating table, there is a possibility that the Board of Governors will issue a resolution against Iran and the nuclear case will be referred back to the UN Security Council,” Bigdeli said. In the current situation, Iran is facing many economic problems, and going to the Security Council on the nuclear issue could make the situation more difficult than before, so it is not in the best interest of the establishment and the country.
Iran must get ready quickly to resume negotiations and enter into the talks with flexible diplomacy. That some statesmen say we will not tie the country’s economy to the outcome of the negotiations is a wrong and unrealistic view; it is an undeniable fact that the Raisi government will have no choice but to revive Barjam to solve its economic problems. “If Barjam is not revived in the future, the government will not be able to solve economic problems ….”
Regarding the possibility of transferring the nuclear case from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Supreme National Security Council, he said: I do not agree with the transfer of the nuclear case to the SNSC, but because Raisi and Amir Abdullahian are not well acquainted with the international situation, it is likely that the case will be sent to the SNSC. Of course, the views of the leadership are also important in this regard.”