Iran’s Foreign Minister has said he will examine proposals by world powers to persuade his country to end its nuclear programme. But Manouchehr Mottaki reiterated Tehran’s stance that suspending uranium enrichment was not an option. In the next couple of days, the EU’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected in Iran to present a deal of incentives and talks.
The package including penalties if Tehran does not comply, was approved by the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China at talks in Vienna on Thursday. It is thought to offer Iran a light-water nuclear reactor and a secure supply of atomic fuel, while also threatening a freeze on assets and visa bans. Iran says it wants to enrich uranium only to generate electricity. It claims it has no interest in making highly enriched uranium which is a key ingredient in nuclear warheads. While Russia and China do not believe Iran is an imminent threat, western leaders believe it intends to build a nuclear bomb.