of Iran and its nuclear policy. A conditional offer of compromise and incentives was offered to Tehran on June 6th by the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. On Monday the US President once again invoked the possibility of sanctions if Iran did not end its programme of uranium enrichment.
But Iran said yesterday that as yet, no decision on the dossier of incentives has been made But the issue of the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is another matter. Bush is likely to face pressure from EU representatives, prompted by human rights experts, to close the prison which holds hundreds of terrorist suspects.
He has so far fended off calls for its closure by saying he is waiting for a US Supreme Court decision about the forum for handling detainee cases, due by the end of June. There is also a new challenge posed by North Korea.
The country’s apparent preparation for a test launch of a missile capable of reaching the United States has prompted international concern. The US has said such a test would be a provocative act on the part of Pyongyang that Washington would take seriously.