Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nuclear cooperation plea from Iran

Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) -- Iran will not allow U.N. inspectors to visit a military base suspected of involvement in the development of nuclear weapons ahead of new talks with international powers because it would not help improve confidence, one of Iran's most influential officials said Wednesday.

"If the Western community is asking us for more transparency, then we should expect more cooperation," said Mohammad Javad Larijani, a member of a powerful political clan in Iran and an adviser to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

International powers have agreed to resume nuclear talks with Tehran in the pursuit of a diplomatic solution to the tensions over Iran's controversial nuclear program amid saber rattling in Israel about the possible need for a pre-emptive strike.

"The equation is simple. The Western community can ask us for more transparency. What we want in place of that is cooperation," Larijani said. "I mean this is two parallel lines. One step transparency from us, one step cooperation from (the) West. Because we have full total suspicion of the American and Western intentions." Read More