Setting Deadline for Iran is Meaningless

July 26, 2008

The head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Saturday rejected setting any deadline for Iran by Western powers calling it 'meaningless'.

"When the two sides agreed on holding negotiations, setting any deadline would be meaningless," Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRNA.

"To conduct negotiation means to accept a new trend for reaching a common point by the two sides," Boroujerdi said.

"Setting deadline undermines mutual sense for the subject and the need for consensus from the two parties."
The MP made the remarks commenting on a meeting held on July 19 between representatives of Iran and the Group 5+1 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting was participated by Iran's top nuclear negotiator and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The US Undersecretary of State William Burns, the third-highest US diplomat, was also present in the meeting in a major shift from a longstanding policy.

Western media claimed after the meeting that Iran was given a two-week deadline to answer to some questions about its peaceful nuclear activities.

"Those comments were the least reactions that US must have shown under the Zionists' pressures," Boroujerdi said commenting on the Western officials statements against Iran.

He added that Zionists were "seriously angry with the outcome of the Geneva talks."
In Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, Zionists are trying to encourage divergence instead of convergence and moving towards mutual understanding, the MP added.