Iran has submitted a new package of proposals to the six countries involved in nuclear talks, describing them as "a window of opportunity for those who are ready to enter into real negotiations on the basis of mutual respect".
Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, handed the proposals to envoys from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland - the latter representing the diplomatic interests of the US.
The contents of the package, delivered in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Wednesday, were not made public.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told reporters in Vienna that the document addresses security, economic co-operation, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as energy issues including nuclear energy.
However, the proposal is not expected to address the Western demand that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment programme. The proposal is not expected to lead to a breakthrough in the nuclear dispute.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, maintains that Iran will hold nuclear talks only with the IAEA, stressing the country's right to develop its nuclear programme.
"The era in which a few countries imposed their standpoints on others is over"
Saeid Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator
"Resistance is the secret of the  Islamic revolution and with increased popular support, we will enter the international scene with more decisiveness than before," he said on Wednesday.
Saeid Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, also insisted that Iran would continue, saying: "We will not wait for others to give us permission to pursue our path of progress.
"The era in which a few countries imposed their standpoints on others is over."
Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA director-general, said in Vienna there was a "high probability" that Iran worked to develop nuclear weapons in the past, if intelligence information in that regard is genuine.
ElBaradei was referring to documents received by his organisation that point to a number of suspicious Iranian studies, including the modification of the model of a missile to carry a nuclear warhead.
"I am not a scientist, but I can tell you this: If this information is real, there is a high probability that nuclear weaponisation activities have taken place," he said. "But I should underline 'if' three times."
ElBaradei urged Iran to clarify these issues.
|ElBaradei says it is probable Iran worked to develop nuclear weapons in the past [EPA]
Also speaking at a meeting of the IAEA's governing board, Glyn Davies, a US envoy, said Tehran may have enough enriched uranium for one atomic bomb.
Davies said Iran has enough material for a bomb, should it decide to further process uranium.
He said Washington had concerns that Tehran's leaders want the option to develop such weapons, a scenario he called a "dangerous and destabilising possible breakout capacity".
The White House added to the pressure on Iran, saying that Ahmadinejad's government must show progress towards ending its "illicit" nuclear activities.
Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, said: "Iran has to live up to its responsibilities and end its illicit nuclear programme.
"That's not just the opinion of one country, that's the opinion of the world. Let's hope we see progress in them doing that."