The EU’s top diplomat says Iran hopes to provide a formal response soon to an incentives package aimed at ending it’s sensitive nuclear work. But, in reality, the offer Javier Solana has brought to Tehran looks to have already been dismissed. Major powers want Iran to suspend nuclear enrichment during talks and halting such work is something Iran has repeatedly refused to do. A firm “No” could lead to further UN sanctions.
Nicolas de Riviere, a diplomat with the French Mission to the UN, told the Security Council that the latest report by the UN’s nuclear watchdog shows: “Iran has not appropriately responded to the questions put to it on one of the most dangerous aspects of its programme – its militarisation.”
The offer, agreed by the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany is an updated version of a package rejected by Iran two years ago.
Western powers suspect bomb-making is the real aim of nuclear work in Iran, where sources say efforts to find a diplomatic solution will continue.