Thursday, August 24, 2006

Iranian Offer Headed for Rejection, Diplomats Say

USA Today:
The six world powers studying Iran's response to their offer of nuclear negotiations will likely reject Tehran's terms for talks because they do not even touch on the possibility of freezing uranium enrichment, diplomats said Thursday. READ MORE

The diplomats, who have been briefed on aspects of the Iranian overture, told The Associated Press that the 25-page response from Tehran does not even suggest an enrichment moratorium even once negotiations start beyond vague references to a willingness to discuss all aspects of the country's nuclear program.

The diplomats, who spoke from two European capitals, asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the confidential Iranian proposal.