Top-level discussions have taken place on the Iran nuclear question. Talks have been held in Brussels between the EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, and Iran’s main negotiator on the issue, Ali Larijani. Neither side is saying much publicly, however, with Tehran only confirming it will give a preliminary response to a Western compromise proposal next week.
UN nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei had this advice:
“I think they need to make sure that everybody in Iran is on board. But by saying that I hope that Iran also understands that the international community is getting somewhat impatient. The earlier they can provide an answer is better for everybody.”
Major powers have offered Iran technological, economic and political incentives if it agrees to suspend uranium enrichment.
Tehran denies it intends to develop nuclear arms.