Iran offers Europe incentives to OK nuke program

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 17, 2006 14:51




In a surprising turnabout, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday Teheran was willing to offer strong economic incentives to the European Union in return recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium. "We are prepared to offer economic incentives to Europe in return for recognizing our right (to enrich uranium)," Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted by state-run radio as saying. "Iran's 70-million population market is a good incentive for Europe," the radio quoted Asefi as saying. European countries now have access to the Iranian market, but Teheran has in recent years turned more frequently to Russian and China for trade deals.


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