Iran still examining incentives package: Vice President

Visiting Iranian Vice President Isfandiar Rahim Mashaee said on Wednesday that Iran was still considering a western incentives package offered to Iran in June in exchange for suspending uranium enrichment, a news report said.

Tokyo, Aug 02: Visiting Iranian Vice President
Isfandiar Rahim Mashaee said on Wednesday that Iran was still
considering a western incentives package offered to Iran in
June in exchange for suspending uranium enrichment, a news
report said.

But Mashaee also accused the west of "using pressure, not
dialogue, to try to deny Iran its rights" during a meeting
with Japan`s Foreign Minister Taro Aso, Kyodo news agency
reported.

Mashaee`s remarks came after Iran`s ambassador to the
UN said Monday, a UN resolution calling for Iran to suspend
uranium enrichment by August 31 or face the threat of economic
and diplomatic sanctions would make negotiations more
difficult on the incentives package.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday denounced
the resolution, which was adopted Monday, telling a crowd in
northeastern Iran that Tehran would not give in to the
threats.

Tehran has denied allegations by the US that it seeks
nuclear weapons, and maintains its programme is peaceful and
aimed at generating electricity.

Foreign ministry officials said they did not know what
was discussed at the meeting and could not immediately confirm
the report.

Mashaee arrived in Japan on Monday for a four-day visit
and met Aso this afternoon, according to a ministry official
who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

Bureau Report

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