Diplomacy vs. war, cooperation vs. hostility
The IAEA has received access to the military facilities at Iran's Parchin base for the first time in many years. It took samples of the environment, according to the Director General of the agency Yukiya Amano. After his visit, the President of the Iranian Nuclear Power Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, expressed hope that the IAEA and Tehran would settle all existing disputes on the Iranian nuclear program by the end of the year. According to the multilateral agreement which was signed in July, the sanctions imposed by the U.S., the EU and the UN will be lifted from Iran in return for adoption of long-term restrictions on development of the Iranian nuclear program. However, the majority of the U.S. Congress stood against the deal with Iran, even though the Republicans who control both chambers couldn’t veto the agreement.
However, according to Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “the Iranian nuclear agreement is on the right track, and this agreement shows that in the current, very difficult world of today, diplomacy can overcome war. And you can replace hostility with cooperation.”
Tehran believes that the experience can be used in the anti-terrorist struggle. “If in the fight against terrorism one or another country, major players, have had genuine and real intentions, it would be possible to eradicate terrorism through effective actions. During the Iranian President's participation in the UN General Assembly, he will certainly bring issues related to terrorism, the fight against extremism, to its attention. Tehran pays attention to the following topics: there is a need to prevent and stop the war in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Libya, as well as in various other countries in which there are different kinds of internal conflicts, as well as the fight against terrorism. Once again I want to emphasize that Tehran and Moscow have common views on these major issues.”