Iran to soon offer to 5+1 states comprehensive package
Iran will soon present to 5+1 states a "comprehensive" package on issues including nuclear and economic cooperation, an official said.
Iran will soon present to 5+1 states a "comprehensive" package on issues including nuclear and economic cooperation, an official said on Saturday.
State radio quoted Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, as saying it would be handed over this week.
U.S. President Barack Obama has given the Islamic Republic until later in September to take up a six states' offer of talks on trade benefits if it shelves nuclear enrichment, or face harsher sanctions.
The states -- the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France and Germany -- on Wednesday pressed Tehran to meet them before the U.N. General Assembly session on Sept 23-25.
Iran has repeatedly rejected demands to halt its nuclear work.
Iranian officials have in recent days said Tehran is ready to hold talks and will soon present its own package, without making clear to what extent it addresses the nuclear row.
"This is a comprehensive package about our dealings with other countries on international and regional problems including economic and nuclear cooperation and common concerns about the lack of achievement in disarmament, as well as security issues," Soltanieh said.
"Issues concerning the use of nuclear energy and concerns about the proliferation of nuclear weapons...are included in this complete package and there will be comprehensive talks."
"We have a very generous offer on the table. We want cooperation with Iran on quite a number of things including the development of civilian nuclear technology," said Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden, which holds the EU presidency.
In June last year the six improved the offer but retained the precondition. In reply, Iran said it wanted to negotiate a broader peace and security deal and rejected any "condescending" formula to shelve its nuclear programme.
Reuters Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2009, 11:49