Ira­nian me­dia split on merit of nu­clear deal

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The merit of an out­line nu­clear deal with world pow­ers de­pends on tough de­tails be­ing set­tled in com­ing months, Iran’s news­pa­pers said Satur­day, with opin­ions split on the planned agree­ment.

Con­ser­va­tive out­lets main­tained their long-held skep­ti­cism about ne­go­ti­a­tions with the United States and other lead­ing coun­tries, but rather than crit­i­ciz­ing the process out­right many ques­tioned who had ben­e­fited from re­cent talks in the Swiss city of Lau­sanne.

Iran’s supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, who will have the fi­nal say on any deal, has yet to of­fi­cially com­ment on the agreed frame- work for end­ing the 12-year cri­sis over Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gram.

“Lau­sanne Horse-Trad­ing: Bar­gain or Bust?” said the front page head­line in Kay­han, a hard-line con­ser­va­tive daily. Its down­beat ed­i­to­rial ar­gued that Iran had re­ceived less than it had given away.

“The agree­ment speaks of sus­pen­sion of sanc­tions and not the lift­ing of them,” wrote its edi­tor Hos­sein Shari­at­madari, who is di­rectly ap­pointed by Khamenei.

“Things that Iran has ac­cepted are clear and ver­i­fi­able, but what the other side has agreed is vague and sub­ject to in­ter­pre­ta­tion,” he added.

French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius had on Fri­day drawn at­ten­tion to the sanc­tions is­sue not be­ing set­tled and noted that Iran would “still have to go all the way” on a deal.

On a sim­i­lar note, the Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Frank- Wal­ter Stein­meier cau­tioned: “It’s too early to cel­e­brate.”

The English lan­guage daily Iran News asked on its Satur­day front page: “Who is the real win­ner?”

Re­formist me­dia how­ever praised the work of For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif and his ne­go­tia­tors.

Shah­vand, a cen­trist daily, said Zarif and his team have suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated “a danger­ous stretch of the path” in Lau­sanne to­ward a deal.

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani on Fri­day said Iran would honor its com­mit­ments un­der any fi­nal agree­ment and promised that it would open a “new page” in the Is­lamic repub­lic’s in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

But, stress­ing that the West must keep its prom­ises, he added: “If one day they want to choose a dif­fer­ent path, that choice would also be open to us.”

In a sign of the crit­i­cism that Rouhani’s gov­ern­ment may still face, Haghigh­at­pour Man­sour, vice pres­i­dent of par­lia­ment’s na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy com- mit­tee, said Iran’s ne­go­tia­tors had over­stepped their bound­aries.

“We of­fered West­ern in­spec­tors a key to our mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions,” he was quoted by the Tas­nim news agency as say­ing.

Such a step and rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the ad­di­tional pro­to­col of the Nu­clear Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty, a con­di­tion of any agree­ment “are is­sues for ... the par­lia­ment,” he said.

Diplo­macy Is the Best Course

with Iran: Obama

U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said on Satur­day that diplo­macy was the best op­tion to deal with Iran’s con­tested nu­clear pro­gram, two days af­ter the con­clu­sion of a frame­work agree­ment with Tehran.

Iran and six world pow­ers determined the out­lines of a land­mark agree­ment which would curb Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram and po­ten­tially lift eco­nomic sanc­tions.

As Obama gears up to sell U.S. skep­tics on the deal, he said he is con­vinced talks are the best way for­ward.

“As Pres­i­dent and Com­man­der in Chief, I firmly be­lieve that the diplo­matic op­tion — a com­pre­hen­sive, long-term deal like this — is by far the best op­tion,” Obama said in his weekly ad­dress.

Ex­plain­ing that he ex­pects a “ro­bust de­bate” on the deal in the United States, Obama said he will keep Congress ap­prised of the “sub­stance of the deal.”

Many of Obama’s Repub­li­can op­po­nents in Congress have been skep­ti­cal of a deal with Iran and sug­gested the U.S. may be giv­ing too much away in its ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Echo­ing com­ments he made hours af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the agree­ment, Obama high­lighted the rig­or­ous in­spec­tions to which Tehran will be sub­ject.

“If Iran cheats, the world will know it. If we see some­thing sus­pi­cious, we will in­spect it,” he said.

“So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on un­prece­dented verification.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.