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30 Nov, 2009 19:45

“Iran might get back to negotiation table”

It is too early to make any definitive conclusions about the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, said Vladimir Sotnikov of the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations.

Iran has vowed to step up its uranium enrichment program by building 10 new sites. It accuses the West of provoking the move, after the International Atomic Energy Agency called for an immediate halt to the country’s enrichment activities.

“Of course, the decision by Iranians is pushing away Iran from constructive dialogue with the Western countries, but there might also be some nuances we can see in the future,” Sotnikov said. “Because in the past, several times, Iranians claimed they were not willing to conduct any more negotiations, but then they returned to the negotiation table.”

He also added that it is unlikely Iran will sever ties with the IAEA.

“Iran might actually lessen the level of its relations with International Atomic Energy Agency and probably might not let nuclear inspectors from IAEA on Iranian soil, but to completely break with the IAEA is not a good solution for the Iranians,” he said.