Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Straw: Iran Renews Nuclear Weapons Promise

Iran has renewed its promise to refrain from developing nuclear weapons, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said today.

"Iran has for its part reaffirmed its commitment not to seek to develop nuclear weapons,” Straw told reporters. ...

The Europeans agreed to come up with proposals that would be presented to Iran at the end of July or early August. They provided no details about the proposals.

We need to consult in Tehran before we make a decision,” said Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Hasan Rowhani. ...

The 25-member EU has offered a free trade pact and more economic aid, and European officials have said they would improve the offer. It was the talks with the Europeans that persuaded Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment programme in November.