What about confidence-building measures involving activities outside of Iran, such as the Russia's proposal to enrich uranium on its soil?Saman, Kurdish, male, age 29, married, father, occupation: businessman
I am totally against producing anything in Russia. Our technology must stay within our country. There's no difference between America and Russia, or even China, for that matter-we don't want to be reliant on any country.
Mahta, female, age 43, married, mother, occupation: elementary school teacher
We should never make deals such as the one that suggested enriching uranium in Russia-it's still a matter of dependency. Iran should not have to be reliant.
Parvene, female, age 34, single, occupation: accountant
Why should Iran have someone else do what it can do? Should Iran trust Russia, a country allowed to develop and keep nuclear weapons? Why should Iran be reliant on Russia?
Reza, male, age 31, single, occupation: businessman
For years, Iran was spreading out its nuclear project across countries, with various aspects conducted in different countries, and purchases of technology requiring up to 40 signatures. No, Iran wants to take full control of its program, including centrifugal processes, under its own supervision.
Nabby, male, age 22, single, university student, major: civil engineering
Russia, as a supposed supporter, is unreliable-as shown throughout Iran's history. Even if it proclaims support, it could be insincere. I cannot trust Russia.
Mohammad Reza, male, age 30, single, occupation: international businessman
It would've been much better to have drawn up contracts with Europe, rather than with Russia because the latter was against the U.S. in the Cold War. We should've worked with Europe, 50% Iranian scientists, 50% European ones, and paid the salaries and expenses of the Europeans. But since Iran wanted the nuclear bomb, it didn't make its contracts with Europe.
Morteza, male, age 50, married, father, war vet, occupation: electrical engineer
I oppose this idea. We need to do it ourselves because when people want to mess with you, for every concession we take, they'll ask us to sacrifice more. We cannot make any concessions. If we take one step back, they-just like animals-take a step forward.
Fakhri, female, age 57, widowed, mother, occupation: homemaker
It's like putting my money in your purse, and then asking you for 1,000 tomans. You'll say you're tired and want to nap, or need to use the bathroom-in the end, you won't give me my money when I need it. If it was in my own purse, I could get whatever I need, at any time. All of our technology must stay within the country, so that one day, if they decide to cut diplomatic ties, we don't forfeit all of our investment.
Farinaz, female, age 19, single, university student, major: general sciences
Certain elite countries, in trying to create such limits for Iran, are asking us to work against our best interests. If, one day, we need what we let Russia, or some other country, produce returned to us, the outside country can refuse, which puts us in a difficult situation.
Zohre, female, age 36, married, mother, occupation: homemaker
They don't trust our country to make nuclear energy. When we have the know-how, why should we give it to someone else? They just want to keep us in check. Otherwise, it's like circling your head with your sandwich twice, before putting it in your mouth.
Autefeh, female, age 15, high school student, aspiring artist
It's bad to send any part of our technology outside of our country because then that other country will have an upper hand. Iran needs to advance.
Rayhaneh, female, age 18, university student, major: psychology
If we can do it ourselves, what sense does it make to send it out to Russia? Obviously, the U.S. is thinking of its own interests; it clearly isn't in Iran's interests to send its uranium to Russia.
Flor, female, age 45, married, mother, occupation: retired high school teacher, petrochemical engineer
This isn't even a resolution. You're still dependent. All that's needed is for Iran to say something Russia doesn't like, then Russia will cut off the enrichment. This is like cutting off water. It would virtually paralyze us, and impoverish us further. Meaning, they can do whatever they want. We enriched uranium only up to our necessary levels for research, not higher.
Elaheh, female, age 38, married, mother, occupation: homemaker
Not right, because the U.S. and Russia's hands are in the same bowl with this proposal. It's like your neighbor asking to hold your gun, and promising to give it to you whenever you feel danger. Even if I like my neighbor, and trust him completely, I'd prefer to sleep with my gun close.
Marzieh, female, age 22, single, university student, major: mathematics
Iran has arrived at a point where they are on the path of nuclear technology, via international law, and resources not provided by America. Someone else labeled Iran as terrorist, a comment holding no meaning, yet being used to block Iran's progress. Therefore, discussion is pointless, especially since Iran's actions are consistent with laws governing international pursuit of nuclear energy.
Mohsen, male, age 27, occupation: electrician
Why should we take it all to Russia, when we have all the tools we need, here? We take our uranium there, they enrich, then we pay them double for their work. That would be extremely expensive. What's the difference, anyway, between Iran and Russia?