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07/04/08

Iran responds to 5+1 group's letter: official


Stark choice in Iran policy battles
By Jon Leyne , BBC News, Tehran

Two parallel, and extraordinarily open, battles over policy are being fought out within the administrations in Washington and Tehran. The subject is relations between the United States and Iran.

The choice, at its most stark, is between war and peace. The debate, once again, is over Iran's nuclear programme.

What seems to have provoked the latest heart-searching is a recent Israeli military exercise, clearly intended as a rehearsal for an attack on Iran, therefore also a threat.

Iran responds to world powers' nuclear offer
by Hiedeh Farmani and Stuart Williams

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran on Friday handed world powers its "constructive and creative" response to their letter outlining proposals to end the five-year standoff over its contested nuclear programme...

A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he had held "positive" talks with the Iranian side, but gave no immediate confirmation of any receipt of a formal response from Tehran...

There has been considerable speculation in recent days that Tehran was softening its tone on the nuclear standoff.

The foreign policy adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, said it would be in Iran's interest to accept the negotiations.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has also spoken of a "new process."

TEHRAN, Jul2 4 (Mehr News Agency) - Tehran on Friday delivered its response to the six world powers' letter on ending the West's prolonged nuclear standoff with the Islamic Republic, an informed official at the Foreign Ministry told the Mehr News Agency.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on June 14 presented Iran with a letter by the foreign ministers of Britain, the United States, Russia, China, France, and Germany as well as a revised package of incentives offering nuclear cooperation and wider trade in exchange for a halt in Tehran's uranium enrichment activities.

 

Iran's ambassador to Brussels Ali-Asghar Khaji delivered Tehran's response signed by Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki to Solana, said the official who requested anonymity.

 

Earlier on Friday, top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili told Solana in a telephone conversation that Iran has prepared its response to the six powers' letter.

 

"The Islamic Republic has prepared and presented a response to the letter of the six countries with a focus on common ground between the two sides and a constructive and creative view."

 

The two also agreed to hold further talks later this month.

 

"Certain behaviors which intensify the Iranian people's mistrust should be prevented because some actions sparked the reaction of public opinion and parliament," Jalili said in an indirect reference to the European Union's decision to impose further sanctions on the Islamic Republic ahead of receiving its answer to the new incentives.

 

Solana vowed that the EU "will not take any measures that would affect the current positive climate", adding, "I am sure that by taking positive steps the atmosphere of talks will be constructive.

 

 

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