Iran has signaled it does not intend to meet the
latest deadline in ongoing negotiations with world powers over its controversial
But Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki,
Thursday rejected the notion any deadline had been set.
The United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia have given Iran
until Saturday to accept an incentives package in exchange for suspending
uranium enrichment activities, or risk additional sanctions.
Mottaki told Iran's official news agency that Iran had already presented its
views, and that it is waiting for a reply.
Western nations accuse Iran of enriching uranium in order to make nuclear
weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
On Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country will
not give in to demands to suspend uranium enrichment.
Earlier this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a U.S. media
outlet that Iran wants to seek "common ground" with the U.S. on the nuclear
Meanwhile, a group of 118 developing nations, The Nonaligned Movement, has
expressed support for Iran's controversial nuclear program, saying Tehran has a
right to develop peaceful nuclear energy.
The U.N. Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran for
defying international demands to suspend enrichment.
Some information for
this report was provided by AFP.
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