Iran: Crisis affecting incentives deal

Ahmadinejad: Lebanon events making Iran reconsider incentives package.

February 22, 2010 17:06
Iran: Crisis affecting incentives deal

Ahmadinejad 224 ap. (photo credit: )

Iran's president on Sunday said the crisis in Lebanon has forced Tehran to re-evaluate a Western nuclear incentives package, but his country still plans to respond to the offer next month. "Events in Lebanon affected our evaluations about ... [the] package of incentives. We should review it carefully. I have asked my colleagues to review it more carefully," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a news conference. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi referred to the ongoing Israeli-Hizbullah war and said that any Security Council action against Iran "will confront the region with more tension," he said. Earlier Sunday, Iran's foreign ministry warned that Tehran would abandon the package if the UN Security Council approved a resolution against Iran on Monday. "If any resolution is issued against Iran tomorrow, the package would be left off the agenda by Iran," Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters. "We will definitely revise our nuclear policy."

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