'Iran's written response handed over to powers'

Washington and its Western allies said on Monday that, if Iran's response was not positive, the next step would be to expand U.N. sanctions.

'Iran's written response handed over to powers'
Iran's written reply to a proposal backed by six world powers aimed at preventing Tehran's nuclear programme has been handed over to European Union officials, Iran's Fars News Agency said on Tuesday.

An EU source in Brussels could not confirm the report.

"Iran's written response to the six countries involved in the nuclear negotiations was handed to officials at the European Union by Iran's ambassador to Brussels," Fars News Agency reported, without giving any further details.

The freeze idea is aimed at getting preliminary discussions going before starting full negotiations on a package of nuclear, trade and other incentives. But those formal talks will not begin until Iran suspends uranium enrichment.

Washington and its Western allies said on Monday that, if Iran's response was not positive, the next step would be to expand U.N. sanctions. The U.N. Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions on Iran since 2006.

Russia and China, two members of the sextet, have been against imposing sanctions in the past but have, in the end, voted for all three sanctions resolutions after initial drafts were watered down.

The others in the sextet are the United States, Britain, France and Germany.

Reuters
Last Mod: 05 Ağustos 2008, 12:09
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