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Tuesday, 05 August 2008

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Iran faces new ultimatum in nuclear row

Iran replies to world powers' nuclear offer
5 August 2008 

TEHERAN - Iran has presented its reply to an offer by world powers to resolve the dispute over its nuclear activities, Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

The reply was delivered to European Union officials by the Iranian ambassador to Brussels, Fars said without giving further details.

The offer by the five United Nations veto powers plus Germany is for far-reaching economic cooperation with Iran, including the field of civilian-sector nuclear power, in return for a pledge by Teheran to refrain from uranium enrichment activities.

On Monday, the United States warned that Iran would face new Security Council sanctions if it did not accept the offer of fresh talks and incentives.

The Security Council's five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - plus Germany were united in their threat to slap additional economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran if its reaction to the new offer was not positive, US State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.

Iran met with a delegation of the permanent Security Council members plus Germany on July 19 in Geneva.

(DPA)

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The war of words continues
Iran faces new ultimatum in nuclear row
 
Western warnings of fresh sanctions come as Iran declares it could block crucial Strait of Hormuz.
 
TEHRAN - Iran delivered a message to the EU on Tuesday as it faced a fresh ultimatum from six global powers to accept an incentives package to freeze sensitive nuclear work or face more UN sanctions.

But Iran insisted the message delivered to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was not a response to the latest offer drawn up by the major powers to end the five-year crisis over Tehran's nuclear drive.

"The message delivered today is not Iran's response to the six countries," a source with the Supreme National Security Council said on condition of anonymity, without elaborating.

The Western warnings of fresh sanctions came as Iran declared that it could block the Strait of Hormuz, the crucial Gulf waterway through which much of the world's oil supplies passes.

Britain had warned that the lack of a positive answer from Tehran by the end of Tuesday would leave the powers with "no choice" but to ask the UN Security Council to take further punitive measures.

The new deadline was set after Iran ignored a previous demand to respond by last weekend to the package being offered by the permanent Security Council members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- and Germany.

The United States and its allies fear the programme is a cover for developing nuclear weapons, a claim vehemently denied by Tehran which insists its aim is to generate electricity for its growing population.

The ultimatum came as Iran said on Monday it had successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile with a range of 300 kilometres (180 miles) that would allow it to close the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman.

"No enemy vessels would be able to escape it," the commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said on state television.

"Given the equipment our armed forces have, an indefinite blockade of the Strait of Hormuz would be very easy," Jafari said.

Iran has in recent months frequently boasted of developing new weapons and military hardware but the claims have often met with scepticism from Western defence analysts.

Iran is the world's fourth-biggest crude oil producer and traders fear supply disruption from the Islamic republic if tension is further heightened.

On Monday, Solana held what a spokesman described as "inconclusive" talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

In June, Solana presented an offer of economic and trade incentives, while Iran has put forward its own proposal, an all-embracing package of suggestions to resolve the problems of the world, including the nuclear issue.

However, Tehran has steadfastly refused to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, saying it is allowed to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The United Nations has imposed three sets of sanctions against Iran for its defiance and is mulling a fourth round of measures.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi on Monday dismissed the idea of a deadline as "media speculation" and insisted that negotiations were an "ongoing process".

Iranian state-run television said that in the Solana-Jalili telephone conversation, "both sides agreed to continue talks," and Solana's spokesman said that further contacts "are not ruled out in the coming days."

"They also emphasised that preserving this path (talks) needs a positive and constructive atmosphere," the Iran television report said without elaborating.

But France echoed Britain in suggesting that the time had come for stronger action.

"If we don't get an encouraging response from the Iranians, we will have to show firmness, resort to sanctions as in the past," France's deputy UN ambassador Jean-Pierre Lacroix said in New York.

US State Department spokesman Gonzago Gallegos said Jalili had told Solana that Tehran would provide a written response on Tuesday.

Senior diplomats from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China discussed the latest developments by telephone Monday.

"We agreed that in the absence of a positive response, we have no choice but to pursue further measures," Gallegos said.

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Iran faces new deadline in nuclear row 

TEHRAN Thomson Financial - Iran delivered a message to the EU on Tuesday as it faced a fresh ultimatum from six global powers to accept an incentives package to freeze sensitive nuclear work or face more UN sanctions.

But Iran insisted the message delivered to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was not a response to the latest offer drawn up by the major powers to end the five-year crisis over Tehran's nuclear drive.

"The message delivered today is not Iran's response to the six countries," a source with the Supreme National Security Council told AFP on condition of anonymity, without elaborating.

Britain had warned that the lack of a positive answer from Tehran by the end of Tuesday would leave the powers with "no choice" but to ask the UN Security Council to take further punitive measures.

The new deadline was set after Iran ignored a previous demand to respond by last weekend to the package being offered by the permanent Security Council members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- and Germany.

The ultimatum came as Iran said on Monday it had successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile with a range of 300 kilometres (180 miles) that would allow it to close the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman.

"No enemy vessels would be able to escape it," the commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said on state television.

"Given the equipment our armed forces have, an indefinite blockade of the Strait of Hormuz would be very easy," Jafari said.

On Monday, Solana held what a spokesman described as "inconclusive" talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

In June, Solana presented an offer of economic and trade incentives, while Iran has put forward its own proposal, an all-embracing package of suggestions to resolve the problems of the world, including the nuclear issue.

However, Tehran has steadfastly refused to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, saying it is allowed to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The United Nations has imposed three sets of sanctions against Iran for its defiance and is mulling a fourth round of measures.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi on Monday dismissed the idea of a deadline as "media speculation" and insisted that negotiations were an "ongoing process".

Iranian state-run television said that in the Solana-Jalili telephone conversation, "both sides agreed to continue talks," and Solana's spokesman said that further contacts "are not ruled out in the coming days."

"They also emphasised that preserving this path (talks) needs a positive and constructive atmosphere," the Iran television report said without elaborating.

U.S. State Department spokesman Gonzago Gallegos said Jalili had told Solana that Tehran would provide a written response on Tuesday.

Senior diplomats from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China discussed the latest developments by telephone Monday.

"We agreed that in the absence of a positive response, we have no choice but to pursue further measures," Gallegos said. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it jlw

Thomson Financial News Limited 2008.

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Iran's Message To EU's Solana "Not Nuclear Response" -Source

TEHRAN (AFP)--Iran delivered a message to European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday but it is not a response to the offer drawn up by major powers to end the nuclear crisis, a source with the Supreme National Security Council said.

"The message delivered today is not Iran's response to the six countries," the source said.

Iran was facing a fresh ultimatum on Tuesday from six global powers to accept an incentives package to freeze uranium enrichment or face more U.N. sanctions.

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