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Iran deal 'full of opportunities'

Javier Solana (5 June 2008)
Mr Solana has offered Iran a range of incentives to end enrichment

EU policy chief Javier Solana has said the new package of incentives offered by world powers to Iran to halt nuclear enrichment is "full of opportunities".

Mr Solana, who made the offer in Tehran, said the six powers were ready to help develop Iran's nuclear energy programme for peaceful purposes.

The deal also involves trade benefits but Iran has warned it will reject any demands to halt uranium enrichment.

The West fears the enriched uranium could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Mr Solana said the six powers - five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council the US, China, Russia, France, Britain plus Germany - were ready to fully recognise Iran's right to have a civilian nuclear energy programme.

"We are ready to co-operate with Iran in the development of a modern nuclear energy programme based on the most modern generation of light water reactors," he told a press conference after meeting Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, as well as the country's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili.

"We can offer Iran legally binding fuel supply guarantees. We are offering the construction of nuclear power plants."

'Not debatable'

Iran has repeatedly rejected demands to halt enriching uranium, which can be used as fuel for power plants or material for weapons if refined to a greater degree.

Before the talks, an Iranian government spokesman said Iran would look at the offered package, but if it included suspension of uranium enrichment it was "not debatable".

However, Mr Solana said the talks had been useful and the Iranians were going to study the package.

The six major world powers have threatened new sanctions if Iran refuses the deal - which they agreed in May, as a revised and enhanced version of an offer turned down by Iran in 2006.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says that no-one had been expecting any breakthroughs but both sides do seem to want to keep talking.

These talks probably represent the last chance of a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis for the foreseeable future, our correspondent says.



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