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11/11/04

Iran mulls 'noteworthy' response to EU's nuclear offer

Tehran, Nov 11, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi says Iran is still examining a European proposal which offers Tehran a package of incentives in return for suspending some of its nuclear activities.

The official said Iran would give a 'noteworthy response, which incoporates the country's national interests', but stressed that no such answer had been delivered thus far.

"Until 10:30 this morning (0700 GMT), the Islamic Republic of Iran has not given any response to the Europeans regarding Paris negotiations," the state-run Central News Bureau quoted Asefi as saying.

The official hinted at 'problems' within the proposal, tabled by France, Britain and Germany, which are goading Iran to abandon its nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium enrichment.

"If Paris negotiations had been free of any problem, Tehran's response would definitely have been delivered so far," Asefi said, when asked about reasons of Iran's delay.

The European trio reportedly reached a 'preliminary' deal with Iran in Paris last weekend under which Tehran would halt an enrichment program in exchange for political and economic incentives.

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