Iran to give nuclear proposals to Russia

Iran will hand over a package of proposals aimed at defusing a nuclear row with world powers to a visiting Russian official, Iranian state radio reported on Monday without giving details of the ideas.

Iran to give nuclear proposals to Russia
Iran held talks with a senior Russian official on Monday on proposals designed to defuse a nuclear row with world powers, an Iranian official said on Monday without giving details.

Iran said this month it would soon unveil ideas to help end the dispute over its nuclear programme.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will submit its proposed nuclear package, which is directed to the 5+1 group, during Sobolev's trip to Iran," state radio said referring to Valentin Sobolev, acting secretary of Russia's National Security Council.

Sobolev and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili began talks on Monday, the radio added.

A senior Iranian official confirmed the report to Reuters, adding: "During the meeting, Jalili will discuss the issue (of the proposals)." The official did not elaborate.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said this month Iran would reveal proposals with a "new orientation" to help end international and other problems.

IAEA visit

Olli Heinonen, the International Atomic Energy Agency's top investigator, arrived in Tehran on Monday to discuss international accusations that Iran researched how to make nuclear bombs, an Iranian official said.

Heinonen also visited Iran last week. After that trip, the IAEA said Tehran had agreed on steps to clarify the intelligence information by the end of May. Iran had earlier dismissed the intelligence as baseless and declined to address it in detail.

"We will cooperate with the agency as the only relevant technical organisation, and in case of any question or ambiguity we will provide the answers away from any political ballyhoo," Iran's IAEA ambassador, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said.

In comments reported by Iran's Fars News Agency, he said Heinonen's talks would likely last three days, starting Monday.

Last Mod: 28 Nisan 2008, 12:30
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