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December 12, 2008
Iranian factions debate nuclear negotiations
Part 2 Gareth Porter: Potential Iranian Presidential candidates differ on nuclear policy
In the second segment of the Real News interview with historian and journalist, Gareth Porter, Porter discusses Iran’s nuclear intentions and how the upcoming Iranian presidential election should affect US policy toward the country.
The two main candidates in the Iranian presidential campaign are current leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and past president, Mohammad Khatami. Porter surmises that US policy toward Iran should be affected by which of the two win the election. Ahmadinejad has taken such a hard stance against negotiation with the US regarding its nuclear policy, that sanctions against Iran will unlikely impact Ahmadinejad in the event that he is reelected.
In contrast, Khatami displayed willingness to negotiate during his reign as president. Porter estimates that an Iran with Khatami as president would exhibit greater sensitivity to international sanctions.
Porter agrees with International Atomic Energy Association Director-General, Mohamed El-Baradei when he stated that if Iran intends to enrich uranium for the purposes of creating a nuclear weapon it must withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and eject any inspectors within Iran. This is a statement that has gone unnoticed by the US administration and the international community as a whole.
Watch the full story on The Real News Network: http://therealnews.com
Watch Part One of Three: Gareth Porter: While Obama talks carrots and sticks, Iran questions sitting at the table
Stay tuned for Part Three coming soon!