Divisions Over Handling Devastating Sanctions
Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency quoting an unnamed senior official reported today that the country’s 20-percent uranium enrichment program will continue as before. Earlier today a member of the national security committee of Majlis, the Iranian parliament, was quoted by another semi-official news agency, ISNA, as saying that Iran has suspended its program of enriching uranium at 20-percent purity as a confidence building measure and a gesture of good will toward the West. Mohammad Hassan Asafari, the national security committee member, had added that Iran expects the West to lift all sanctions in return.
Note: The conflicting reports by top news agencies in Iran reflect deep divisions among the country’s senior leadership on a possible compromise with the West to end the debilitating economic sanctions.