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Iran Rejects Nuke Help, Cash From 6 Powers

From those fans of nuclear proliferation at Reuters:

Iran’s nuclear facilities in Natanz.

Iran rules out nuclear halt despite fresh incentives

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it would not consider any incentives offered by world powers that violated its right to nuclear technology, ruling out a precondition to halt atomic work the West believes is aimed at making bombs…

“Those incentives that violate the Iranian nation’s right in any form will not be reviewed by the Islamic state,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told a news conference.

France, one of the six powers, said the offer was generous and should not be rejected out of hand.

“They are refusing a text which is extremely generous in my opinion, so I find it a bit premature that they are refusing it without having seen it,” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters.

He said world power representatives would travel to Tehran “in the coming days” to submit the offer

“Regarding the incentives package … we believe the path adopted in the past should not be continued,” Hosseini said. “Talks should be held based on respecting nations’ rights.” …

At the Geneva meeting, U.S. chief delegate Christopher Ford said the offer was Iran’s “best chance” to avoid isolation.

“It is tragic that (Iran’s) government has remained so set on a contrary course of deceit, lawbreaking and confrontation unbefitting to the inheritors of such a proud, ancient culture.” …

Iran has also discussed with Russia its own package of proposals, which it says would open the way for talks to resolve the nuclear row and other issues. It has not disclosed details…

What a shock. Why would Iran be so hell-bent to keep their nuclear program secret?

But perhaps begging them some more will help.


(What would Obama do?)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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