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Iran 'to submit nuclear package'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a uranium enrichment plant (File photo)
Mr Ahmadinejad says Iran has an "undeniable" right to nuclear power

Iran is preparing to give a new set of proposals to the global powers involved in talks over its nuclear programme, Iranian media has reported.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Fars new agency the package had been updated in the light of recent developments in the world.

Mr Mottaki said a new round of talks could be possible as a result.

Iran is facing pressure to halt nuclear enrichment, a move which it has repeatedly rejected to date.

Mr Mottaki said the new proposals would be presented to the six global powers involved in the negotiations, known as "P5+1", on Wednesday.

The P5+1 consists of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - plus Germany.

Mr Mottaki said the package had been "updated in light of developments in the world and different events that have taken place".

"We have created a new opportunity for discussions with a view to mutual co-operation," he said.

"We hope that, in the framework of this package, we will be able to launch a new round of talks."

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is currently holding a week-long meeting in Vienna.

On Monday, IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei said talks had reached "stalemate".

"It is essential that Iran substantively re-engage with the agency to clarify and bring to closure all outstanding issues," he said.

Iran, which is already subject to a package of sanctions imposed by the UN over its nuclear work, denies allegations that it has secretly studied ways to make nuclear bombs.

On Monday, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country had an "undeniable" right to produce nuclear energy but would engage in talks about its peaceful use.


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