EU's Solana delivers Iran offer

Tehran rules out suspension of nuclear activities in reaction to incentives package.

    The latest talks are a bid by world powers to end a standoff over Iran's atomic ambitions [AFP]

    Cristina Gallach, Solana's spokeswoman, said the incentives package was presented to Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister.
     
    Talks are taking place, she said.
     
    Solana arrived in Tehran on Friday to outline an offer agreed in May by the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany.
     
    The package, including civilian nuclear co-operation, is a revised version of an offer rejected by Iran two years ago.
     
    Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, says its nuclear programme is designed to generate electricity but Western powers allege that it is aimed at making nuclear weapons.
     
    The US and the 27-nation EU have threatened to impose more sanctions on the Islamic republic if it does not stop uranium enrichment.
     
    Bush reaction
     
    Later on Saturday, the US president, expressing his disappointment with Tehran's reaction, said Iran has isolated its people and put the world in danger by rejecting the offer.
     
    "I'm disappointed that the leaders rejected this generous offer out of hand," George Bush said from Paris.
     
    "It's an indication to the Iranian people that their leadership is willing to isolate them further. Our view is we want the Iranian people to flourish and to benefit."
     
    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, took the same approach as Bush at a joint news conference.
     
    He said the Iranian people "deserve better than the impasse into which some of their leaders are leading them".

    SOURCE: Agencies


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