Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Iran to submit nuclear response at 1230 GMT

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani will submit a written response to an international offer aimed at resolving a nuclear standoff at 1230 GMT Tuesday, a source close to the affair told AFP.

"The response will be handed to the 5+1 ambassadors around 4 pm (1230 GMT)," the source said, adding that the Swiss ambassador will represent the United States, which has no diplomatic ties with the Islamic republic.

The proposal, which offers incentives in return for a nuclear freeze, was drawn up by the so-called 5+1, the permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany, AFP stated.