Friday, June 30, 2006

EU, Iran officials to meet on July 5

Moscow, July 1

"nuclear iran"--Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Friday, Iran will set a date for giving its final answer to the international offer to end the standoff over its nuclear programme next week.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani will meet on July 5 in Brussels, to discuss an international incentive package offered to Iran in return for its giving up disputed aspects of its nuclear programme.

"As I understand it, on the 5th of July ... the question will be discussed there (in Brussels), of when Iran will be prepared to precisely and unambiguously formulate its answer to the proposal of the six" Ivanov said, referring to the six major nations involved in negotiating with Tehran.

At a meeting on Thursday, Foreign Ministers from the eight major industrial powers said they wanted Tehran's full answer next week.

"We expect to hear a clear and substantive Iranian response to these proposals," their statement said.

The United States and its European allies suspect Iran is enriching uranium to produce nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its programme is aimed solely at peaceful electricity generation.

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