Iran has given a mixed response to the incentives package offered by Western powers aimed at persuading it to give up uranium enrichment. Iran’s Chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani gave his reaction during a visit to Cairo to secure Arab support for the ongoing confrontation over his country’s nuclear programme.
He said the offer contained some positive and some negative elements: “This proposal contains some positive points, such as the nuclear reactor for Iran, as well as working in co-ordination with us and taking advantage of our expertise on stability and security in the region. We are willing to deal with this to achieve stability.” Britain, France and Germany drew up the proposals that were approved by the United States, China and Russia and delivered to Iran, the world’s fourth largest oil exporter, last week.
Tehran has failed to convince the West that its atomic scientists want to build power stations and not produce weapons. Larijani said no deadline had been set for Iran to accept the package. Another meeting of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, is due to get underway in Vienna later today.