Although I am not a fan of the way Ali Larijani thinks, I admire his intelligence and quickwittedness (he is a Sharif graduate, no wonder). I think he did a good job in preparing a response to the package offered by 5+1. One can imagine that the Persian version is better! (picture is taken from BBC)
I honestly don't know what is being discussed behind the closed doors. Whatever it is, it has had surprising/strange reflexes:
1. Ahmadinejad has said in Karaj that "Europeans have lowered their level of demands": He is quoted as saying that
After their unsuccessful demands that we fully suspend our nuclear programs, they agreed with 3 months of suspension; and then, because of Iranians' persistence, they lowered their demands and proposed that we suspend our peaceful nuclear program for a day and pretend that it is due to technical difficulties. (BBC-Persian)Although this comment is extensively covered in Persian sites, including BBC-Persian, I have not seen it in the English media at all. (let me know if you have).
2. As BBC-English reports, both Solana and Larijani have called the talks productive and progressing . And that the talks are going to continue next week.
3. CNN's report of the meeting is titled: "EU, Iran fail to reach atom deal". Meaning that EU and Iran failed to reach "the deal", the one that US wants to see. Some highlights! from CNN's report:
"Why are they insisting that we suspend our atomic work? Because they control the advertising network of the world and they want to tell the nations that they were right, and Iran wanted to produce nuclear weapons, and after that they would never let us continue our programs," Ahmadinejad said.CNN's reporters missed the main point and picked a weak argument as the main or only argument Iran has about her not suspending her nuclear program!. This is unjustified and wicked. Here is another one:
A Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was not clear what, if any, progress had been made. Regarding the suspension, he said Iran was "still only thinking about considering a possible suspension."The only comment I would like to make is this:
What a sensitive and important piece of information! What a brave anonymous diplomat!
It also reports that the meeting "broke off last night", implying that it is not going to continue.
What is wrong with CNN?