June 15, 2008

Iran Rules Out Incentives to Proposal

PARIS | President Bush accused Iran on Saturday of rejecting a new set of incentives to stop enriching uranium.

"I am disappointed that the leaders rejected this generous offer out of hand," Bush said during a joint news conference with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

- From wire reports

pre-emptive ruling

Tehran did not formally reject the offer presented by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on behalf of the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China. But Iran had already given a pre-emptive judgment of the deal: dead on arrival, assuming the offer of economic, technological, educational and political rewards is conditioned on Iran halting its uranium enrichment, which it is.

Iran's position

"If suspension is included in the package, it won't be considered at all," the official IRNA news agency quoted Iran's government spokesman, Gholam Hossein Elham, as saying Saturday. "The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran is clear. Preconditions can't be raised for any halt or suspension."

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