Appearing to strike a moderate tone, Iran’s president has said his country will not prejudge Western proposals to end the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comments at ceremonies commemorating the 17th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder. “We will not rush to make a judgement on Europe’s suggestions,” he said. “We will wait, see how they act and then we will make a decision.”
However the president cautioned that he would not accept conditions that deprived his country of what he called its legitimate rights – a reference to previous Western demands that Tehran stop uranium enrichment. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected to hand over the package of incentives agreed by six world powers to Iranian officials in the next few days.