The former Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization said in an interview with ISNA "Whenever the West would show significant signs, the Leader would get involved in the issue and try to resolve the problem. It would be unfair to say that he did not want the issue resolved.”
Qolamreza Aqazadeh added "In 2008 there were signs from the West to resolve the issue. The Leader launched a meeting which I also attended. I stated there that with the new approach adopted by the West the issue could be pursued. The Leader decided that the West’s approach be considered and demanded us to pursue the matter, but there were some who contravened.”
He pointed back to the time when decisions were made to consider nuclear supplements for the country’s electricity grid and said "In an extended report I had delivered to the Supreme Leader I had emphasized the fact that the country’s electricity problems would not have been resolved unless we introduced the new technology. At that time we had noticed that developed countries had invested hugely in small and household power plants with more than 90 percent efficiency to provide heat, cold, and electricity. Along with Messrs. Fayyazbakhsh and Saidi, we entered these fields which have grown so much in the country right now, and more than 10,000 MW demand for such power plants is made throughout the country right now. There was much success in this field. We started a big project in Golgohar so that we would be able to use these small power plants. The projects were followed in Bandarabbas as well.”
Aqazadeh also believed that the nuclear issue will be an important one for the Rouhani administration and said "I believe that the nuclear issue is in its 90th minute. Really, both the West and Iran must start serious talks.”
"In the 90th minute the one with more stamina will win. We must not pressure Rouhani to seal the deal in no time,” he believed.
"I believe that there was no need for the events that followed 2008,” he asserted, not willing to provide details on the 2008 plan and the preceding Western initiatives "the President did not agree with the plan, and that was where my disagreements with Ahmadinejad came in. Mr. Ahmadinejad had his own evaluations and thought that we must not use that approach.”
The former Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization pointed to the 5+1 negotiations and stated "The principal thing between us is building trust. The Rouhani team must set for real, practical negotiations.”
He added "The fact that the West says that the outcome of the talks and the formation of some cooperation could amount to the recognition of Iran’s right to enrichment is something unprecedented. It is a positive approach and must be considered.”