Prospect of Istanbul nuclear talks less promising (3)

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He observed the role of the United States in this regard as "a negative role" since, he argues, this "basically ... prevents the issue from being resolved."

"The more the pressure on Iran, the more determined Iran will be to speed up the nuclear program and to push back its antagonists," said the Iranian scholar.

Dr. Marandi's comments are echoed by local analysts when the Iranian president pronounces, only two days ahead of the new talks, another hardliner position by saying that Iran will not withdraw an iota from its nuclear objectives.

The position is further amplified when his words are followed by the Wednesday announcement of a "successful" missile test-fire at Iran's Khondab nuclear sites near Central Arak city.

Amid Iran's tough stance when it says the Islamic Republic will not discuss its nuclear rights in the upcoming nuclear talks, the west also shows no signs of compromise over the nuclear issue.

The EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said last Thursday that the world power would address Iran's nuclear issue despite Tehran's refusal to talk about its nuclear program during the coming talks.

The EU rejection of Iran's invitation for a tour of its nuclear facilities from Saturday to Sunday, which was later turned down by some other world powers, was also considered by the local observers as a sign of pessimism towards the outcome of the talks.

Source: Xinhua
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