Iran's announcement on Tuesday that it would sign an additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, paving the way for tougher UN inspections of its nuclear facilities, has received a mixed reaction in the Iranian press.
One conservative paper condemns the move as a disgrace for Iran.
But pro-reformist dailies hail the agreement, which was reached during talks in Tehran with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, as something to be proud of.
Do not accept this disgrace!... The IAEA is dominated and controlled by America. This means that the United States is trying to pave the way for its return to Iran by obstructing Iran's nuclear activities. The Europeans are acting as brokers who implement America's demands... Now our officials have reached the conclusion that in order to protect our dignity, security and independence, we need the permission of America, Britain, France and Germany!
Jomhuri-ye Eslami (conservative)
While in the past few months the secretary of the Supreme Council of National Security clearly stated that Iran would voluntarily join the Additional Protocol, some other people made remarks which equated the signing of the protocol to accepting a disgrace. These remarks were particularly made by individuals whose major role in the country's decision making cannot be denied. A newspaper which is not a private publication... propagated the idea of withdrawing from the NPT even on the day when it was officially announced that Iran is going to sign the Additional Protocol... How can the people be assured that these individuals are going to protect the nation's interests in the future, particularly when they make their decisions on their own?
Aftab-e Yazd (reformist)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced many times that it welcomes dialogue with other countries, in particular those that have an effect on international policy, and that is for the sake of proving its goodwill and transparency over its nuclear programmes.
Al-Vefagh (in Arabic, pro-reform)
Iran can now be proud of handling the talks in a positive way that has served its national interests and security. Iran now has its right of access to nuclear technology recognised without yielding to an ultimatum imposed by the IAEA. It has also protected its uranium enrichment facilities. Furthermore, Iran now has Europe's commitment to offer nuclear technology to Tehran... Iran can now rest assured because all of its interests regarding nuclear capability have been protected.
Until yesterday Europe was confronting Iran in the battle over the nuclear issue. Today Iran sees Europe as a friend... The most valuable achievement of the meeting in Tehran was peace of mind for both sides.
Iran (moderate, pro-reform)
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