Iran plays down incentive package

World powers to meet in Vienna later this week in hopes of approving proposal.

By
May 29, 2006 13:16
2 minute read.
iranian fm mottaki 298 ap

iran fm mottaki mean 298. (photo credit: AP [file])

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Iran's foreign minister played down the proposal to offer Iran incentives if it suspends uranium enrichment, saying on Monday that it is his country's right to pursue nuclear technology. Six world powers will meet in Vienna later this week in hopes of approving a package of incentives and penalties meant to persuade Iran to give up uranium enrichment, diplomats said Monday.

JPOST.COM HIT LIST
JPost.com's most popular articles this past week
The diplomats, who demanded anonymity for divulging the confidential information, told The Associated Press the meeting will take place Thursday. The meeting is a follow-up on talks in London Wednesday, where senior representatives of the five permanent UN Security Council nations and Germany said they made good progress in efforts to find common ground on rewarding Iran if it gives up uranium enrichment or punishing it if it doesn't. The formula emerged after Russia and China opposed calls by the remaining Security Council members - the United States, Britain and France - for a resolution that would threaten sanctions and would be enforceable by military action. "The main incentive for Iran is to recognize the essential right of Iran to have nuclear technology," Foreign Minster Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters. He was in Malaysia's administrative capital, Putrajaya, for a meeting of the Nonaligned Movement. Mottaki said he has not heard about the plans to impose sanctions, but knows about the incentives. "The time of (issuing) threats to other nations is over. Selective approach to humanitarian issues is over," he said. He indicated that Iran would consider proposals or incentive ideas that fulfill two conditions - the recognition of its essential right to have nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and the strengthening of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, to which Iran is a signatory. "These are two important elements in any proposal that we believe we can work sincerely with," Mottaki said, without elaborating, though he did state that Iran was committed to the nonproliferation treaty. "We have supported it, we have been committed and still we are committed," he said. "We hope through these measures we can enjoy our membership and ... realize our rights." Mottaki also praised the Nonaligned Movement for making it clear that "it is the essential right of all member states of NPT to have nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. That's the essential position of NAM," he said. Iran has said it will not give up its right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel as allowed by the Nonproliferation Treaty.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Bushehr nuclear Iranian
August 5, 2014
Iran and the bomb: The future of negotiations

By YONAH JEREMY BOB