Iran says it is examining incentive package

June 29th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS  


Tehran, June 29 (IANS) Iran Sunday said it was examining a package of incentives handed over by European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief Javier Solana early this month in a bid to dissuade the Islamic country from uranium enrichment activities. Chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation Reza Aqazadeh said: “We are examining the package, so when we conclude the studies, it will be the time for reply,” official Irna news agency quoted him as saying.

He was responding to reporters’ questions regarding Iran’s reaction to the package offered by five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1).

Aqazadeh declined to take questions from the reporters on the package but promised to get back to them when deliberations conclude.

Speaker of the Majlis (Iranian parliament) Ali Larijani had said the house would “carefully” study the package but insisted that the nation retained it rights to enriching uranium.

Larijani had said Tehran’s stand that nuclear activities are its “sovereign right” remains unchanged in any negotiations with the West.

Iran last month offered a package of proposals, which called for an improved inspection system by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while reaffirming its “non-negotiable” right to uranium enrichment.

Foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki had told Solana Tehran’s response to the concessions would depend upon how the West reacts to a package of proposals it had offered.

Iran has been under three sets of UN sanctions for its refusal to suspend enrichment activities as demanded by the US and some Western countries.

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