Iran insists on own pace to answer offer

July 4, 2006 at 1:44 PM
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TEHRAN, July 4 (UPI) -- Iran rejected reported ultimatums to respond to international incentives regarding its nuclear program insisting that it will have an answer in August.

Foreign Minister Manushehr Mottaki told a press conference in Tehran Tuesday that the date Iran announced for responding to the offer, notably sometime in August, came after a thorough study and due to the need for comprehensive and subtle discussions of the incentives package.

Mottaki stressed that the date Iran fixed is not subject for change, the Iranian News Agency, IRNA, reported.

He said Iran will hold talks with the European Union states and other countries which took part in drafting the offer in the meantime.

The package of incentives was proposed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council in addition to Germany.

Press reports said Tuesday that the West was running out of patience with Iran and is considering to impose sanctions on Tehran in case it failed to have an answer by July 12.

The incentives put forward by the foreign ministers of the U.N., Russia, France, Britain, China and Germany include cooperation over Iran's nuclear program in the economic and commercial fields in addition to security guarantees in return for Tehran's approval to suspend uranium enrichment.

EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Javier Solana, presented the offer to Iranian officials during a visit to Tehran on June 6.

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