Solana Delivers Nuclear Incentives Deal to IranBy VOA News
14 June 2008
Javier Solana (file photo)
The European Union's top diplomat has presented Iran with a package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to suspend its controversial nuclear program.
A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana says the diplomat handed the incentives proposal to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki during talks in Tehran Saturday. The package from six world powers includes economic and trade incentives.
Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters Saturday that Tehran would reject any offer that demands the country halt its uranium enrichment program. He said any such offer cannot be considered.
Solana arrived in Tehran Friday on behalf of the European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the United States.
The United States and its allies accuse Iran of working to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran says its atomic program is for peaceful purposes.
Iran is under three sets of limited U.N. Security Council sanctions for defying demands to stop enriching uranium.
In Germany Wednesday, U.S. President George Bush said that all options, including military action, are being considered as a way to get Iran to abandon its nuclear program.
Mr. Bush also said he prefers using diplomacy to deal with the Iranian situation.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Mr. Bush's threat of military action against Tehran will not affect its nuclear ambitions.