Britain denies deadline for EU offer on Iran nukes
LONDON (AFP) Jul 30, 2005
Britain denied Saturday there is a deadline for the the European Union to make an offer for a deal on Iran's nuclear program, after Tehran demanded the bloc publish its latest proposals within two days.
"An exact date hasn't been fixed," said a Foreign Office spokesman in London -- which currently holds the EU's rotating presidency -- adding the parties were following only a general guideline of late July or early August.
An Iranian nuclear negotiator, Ali Agha Mohammadi, told AFP that Britain, France and Germany must present their offer for a deal by Monday, which he said was the originally scheduled time, and not a later proposed date of August 7.
The negotiator complained that the August 1 date had been fixed at a previous meeting in London and if the Europeans did not stick to this then Iran would take "measures in line with its national interest".
Mohammadi also expressed scepticism over the content of the proposals, which aim to forge a deal that would give Iran nuclear energy cooperation in exchange for providing guarantees that its controversial nuclear programme is peaceful.
Britain, France and Germany represent the European Union in the delicate negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.
The EU had said on Tuesday the package would probably be presented in the first week of the month, after hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad takes over the presidency on August 3.
Asked whether the European Union would submit the offer on Monday, the Foreign Office spokesman replied: "I very much doubt it, but I can't confirm the dates."All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.