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5+1 incentive package
Six world powers handed the U.N. Security Council a toothless draft resolution on Iran's nuclear program on Friday after the United States, facing stiff Russian opposition, failed to secure agreement for new sanctions. ››read more
It is clear from recent articles in the Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times [1, 2] that the heated discussion during the five hours of the July 19th Geneva conference between Iran and P5+1 may have had a lot to do with the ultimate dismantling of the enrichment and heavy water facilities after a specified period of suspension and the so called freeze-for-freeze. Freeze–for-freeze was an idea originally proposed by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Elbaradei, who demanded that Iran not install any new centrifuge while the existing ones are still spinning. In return, the P5+1 countries would not seek new sanctions as long as the negotiations would continue. ››read more
Tehran will continue to refuse to forgo its right to uranium enrichment, and the Bush administration, despite the very loud protests of hawks, will continue along the path of "aggressive diplomacy," i.e., more sanctions, in a bid to break the back of the Islamic republic. The possibility of full-blown military conflict remains real, but it is presently tempered by energy prices and the global economic downturn. Rapprochement, however, is a distant prospect, and the NPT remains the only genuine alternative by means of which a resolution to the ongoing crisis can be found. ››read more
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia Wednesday contradicted the United States and Britain, saying there was no agreement among six major powers on whether to pursue new U.N. sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. ››read more
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Russia has set no deadline for Iran to respond to an offer from six world powers aimed at resolving Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West, Russia's U.N. ambassador said on Wednesday. ››read more
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States and its allies want "punitive" measures against Iran over its weak reponse to the international offer to persuade it to freeze its nuclear program, the White House said Wednesday.......Iran's latest letter, made available to AFP on Wednesday, said it was ready to give a "clear response" to the international offer but demanded a "'clear response' to our questions and ambiguities".
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States and its European allies have pulled back from setting Saturday as a firm deadline for Iran to reply to the latest international offer of incentives for a freeze in its nuclear drive. ››read more
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States held back Thursday from insisting on a strict deadline for Iran to give world powers a final answer to their incentives package to defuse a showdown over Tehran's nuclear program.