Iran 'seriously considering' new international nuclear offer ( Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newsp

Iran’s senior diplomat said Tuesday that Tehran was seriously considering a new offer from six world powers to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program, and he praised the package as "constructive."

The unusually positive remarks by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to a small group of reporters raised hope that a negotiated solution can be found to defuse the crisis.

The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Iran suspend the enrichment of uranium that can be used for nuclear weapons, and the Bush administration has refused direct talks with Iran until it meets that condition.

During a 90-minute luncheon at Iran’s United Nations mission, Mottaki dismissed the growing speculation that Israel or the United States will strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities during President Bush’s last six months in office.

He described news reports to that effect as part of a long-running campaign of "psychological warfare."..

In a sign of apparent high-level debate in Iran, a top aide to the country’s supreme religious leader made a veiled swipe Tuesday at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s used belligerent rhetoric to defend Iran’s nuclear work.

"Officials … should avoid illogical and provocative sloganeering," Ali Akbar Velayati, a foreign policy adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in published remarks, Reuters reported. His remarks seemed targeted at Ahmadinejad, although he didn’t mention the president by name…

Iran ‘seriously considering’ new international nuclear offer ( Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers)

..Despite Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and parliament speaker Ali Larijani have said Tehran is reviewing the package and will give a response soon…

Iran must avoid ‘provocative’ nuclear talk: Khamaenei aide (by Siavosh Ghazi in Middle East Times)

OpmerkingDit lijkt (eindelijk) goed nieuws – laten we hopen dat dit ook zo blijkt te zijn!


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