EU to ‘make generous offer’ to Iran

THE EU’s top diplomat said he would hand Iran a generous offer today aimed at resolving a deepening dispute over its nuclear ambitions that has helped push up oil prices to record highs.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana travelled to Tehran last night to present an incentives package agreed by six major powers last month, aimed at coaxing Iran into halting atomic work the West fears is aimed at making bombs.

But with the Islamic

Republic voicing defiance and showing no sign of backing down, diplomats played down the prospect of a breakthrough in the long-running standoff.

Solana said he expects no “miracles” and claimed the proposals would support Iran develop a modern nuclear energy program and also covered political and economic ties.

“I am travelling to Tehran to present a generous and comprehensive offer,” the Spaniard said.

“Our proposal is good for the future of Iran and for the Iranian people.”

Iran has repeatedly rejected international demands to suspend uranium enrichment, saying its atomic drive is solely aimed at generating electricity.

“The outcome of these negotiations will certainly never be Iran’s surrender to degrading Western demands,” senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told IRNA news agency.


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