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VOA标准英语2012--Iran Calls for New Nuclear Talks

时间:2012-01-03 07:44来源:互联网 提供网友:nan   字体: [ ]

Iran Calls for New Nuclear Talks


Iran's National Security Adviser1 Saeed Jalili is calling for a new round of negotiations2 with the West over its nuclear program, amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf3 over threats by Tehran to close the vital Strait of Hormuz. About 40 percent of the world's oil purchases transit4 through that waterway.

Iran's Al-Alam TV reported that security adviser Jalili made the offer to resume negotiations with the West Saturday, during a meeting with Iranian ambassadors in Tehran. It added that Iran's ambassador to Germany would present the proposal to EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The fresh diplomatic overture5 follows Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz earlier this week. The U.S. later countered with a promise to keep the strait open - calming oil markets, which had been roiled6 by the earlier threats.

Iran also appeared to have backed down Saturday from an earlier vow7 to launch long-range missiles during its ongoing8 10-day naval9 maneuvers10 in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz. Initial reports that it had launched the missiles were followed by later denials by a naval spokesman.

Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi portrayed11 the naval maneuvers as a mostly defensive12 action by Iran. He said that the Iranian naval maneuvers in the region of the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean are aimed at keeping the vital Strait of Hormuz open, and that Iran is testing its defensive capabilities13, including various missiles in its arsenal14.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili speaks to the media after two-day talks between Iran and world powers on Iran's nuclear program at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. (File - Jan. 22, 2011)

Reports in the Arab press indicate the U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis had entered the Persian Gulf and was observing the Iranian maneuvers from a distance. The Strait of Hormuz is an international waterway, and closing it would constitute an act of war.

Iran analyst15 Alex Vatanka of the Middle East Institute in Washington says Tehran is trying to show that it is capable of closing the Strait of Hormuz, while at the same time trying to resume negotiations over its nuclear program which broke off last January:

"The primary message, I think, from the latest Iranian naval exercises and their suggestion that they are both able and perhaps willing to close down the Strait of Hormuz, if it comes down to that, is for the Iranians to say to the West that they, too, can raise the stakes," said Vatanka. "I think that is the key issue here. But as we've also seen the Iranian state in action elsewhere, there are signs of them again raising the issue of the continuation of the negotiations track, aimed at resolving the nuclear stalemate."

Mehrdad Khonsari of the Center for Arab and Iranian Studies in London argues that Iran's recent threats to close the Strait of Hormuz is an attempt to scare the West into avoiding further economic sanctions now being debated in both the U.S. and Europe:

"The Iranians have resorted to bluffing16 and to trying to intimidate17 people into inaction against them," said Khonsari. "So this issue over the Strait of Hormuz, which has gained so much public attention, is really much ado about nothing, because nothing has happened."

He goes on to argue that the Iranians "are in no position to carry out any of their threats," and that most policy-makers in the West Know that. Some analysts18 say that economic sanctions recently passed by the U.S. Congress preventing dealings with Iran's central bank could prompt Tehran to lash19 out at the West. Khonsari, however, says the sanctions will not bite too hard, because neither Russia nor China will allow the U.N. Security Council to pass a similar resolution.


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2 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
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  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
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v.搅混(液体)( roil的过去式和过去分词 );使烦恼;使不安;使生气
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  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
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n.策略,谋略,花招( maneuver的名词复数 )
  • He suspected at once that she had been spying upon his maneuvers. 他立刻猜想到,她已经侦察到他的行动。 来自辞典例句
  • Maneuvers in Guizhou occupied the Reds for four months. 贵州境内的作战占了红军四个月的时间。 来自辞典例句
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v.画像( portray的过去式和过去分词 );描述;描绘;描画
  • Throughout the trial, he portrayed himself as the victim. 在审讯过程中,他始终把自己说成是受害者。
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  • Their questions about the money put her on the defensive.他们问到钱的问题,使她警觉起来。
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n.能力( capability的名词复数 );可能;容量;[复数]潜在能力
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n. 威吓,唬人 动词bluff的现在分词形式
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  • You think you can intimidate people into doing what you want?你以为你可以威胁别人做任何事?
  • The first strike capacity is intended mainly to intimidate adversary.第一次攻击的武力主要是用来吓阻敌方的。
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分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
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