PRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has done the right thing by being positive towards the IAEA's latest proposal about the nuclear fuel. He has also watered down his criticism of the Western powers which, he maintains, have changed their stance from confrontation to cooperation. But with that Iran has also suggested some changes in the ElBaradei plan for nuclear enrichment, which must be accepted if things are to move forward. The chief of the nuclear watchdog has stipulated that 75 percent of Iran's total uranium would be transferred to Russia and later to France where it would be sufficiently processed and then shipped back to Iran to power its nuclear reactor. But the catch here is that all this uranium would be taken out of Iran in one go and Iran fears it could be held back indefinitely as a pressure tactic. Secondly, what it is demanding is that it should also be allowed to import uranium from other countries. As things stand, Iran is quite justified in making these demands. And it has made it clear to the world that it has no ambitions to build nukes. Recently, the country opened up its new nuclear plant for IAEA inspection of its own accord. The inspectors went back and reported that the nuclear facility was designed to produce electricity and not for making a bomb. Few would disagree that the country has been punished for all the wrong reasons. Though NPT is frequently cited to strengthen the case against Iran, no one points a finger at the US, which has been brazenly breaching the treaty itself by proliferating fissile material to allies like Israel. It is quite sad that a country that is legally entitled to pursue a peaceful nuclear programme under the NPT should be getting all the flak. The Orwellaian phrase: all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others aptly sums up the situation.