Ahmadinejad pledges new offer on Iran nuclear crisis
IRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that
Tehran will offer a new package to world powers for negotiations aimed
at resolving the standoff over its controversial nuclear drive.
“We are preparing a new package which will be ready very soon,”
Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the southern province of Kerman,
according to the official IRNA news agency.
The Fars news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying the package “will
be presented to the P5-plus-1 group,” referring to UN Security Council
permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States
“Iran will hold discussions based on this new package which
guarantees peace and justice in the world,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as
He said the package was a new version of one offered in May 2008,
which Iran described as an all-embracing attempt to solve the world’s
problems, and which suggested setting up consortiums — including one in
Iran — to enrich uranium and manufacture nuclear fuel.
The 2008 package was offered after global powers proposed economic
incentives to help Iran’s civilian nuclear programme in return for a
halt to enrichment activities.
Uranium enrichment is a process which makes nuclear fuel as well as
the core of an atom bomb, and the West fears Iran is secretly trying to
build nuclear weapons — a charge persistently denied by Tehran.
In Washington, the State Department said it hopes that Iran’s package
will address “all concerns” about its nuclear activities.
“If they come up with some new package with regard to their nuclear
programme, we’ll have to take a look and see what it is,” spokesman
Robert Wood told reporters.
“Our hope will be that it addresses all of the concerns that the
United States and other countries have about Iran’s nuclear activities,”
The US spokesman said the United States still sought to have Iran
suspend its enrichment activities even if Washington no longer appears
to link the demand with the start of talks with Iran. Tehran, Thursday,