Iran: Incentives like trading gold for chocolates

May 17, 2006 17:07


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In a one-two counter-punch, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that taking European incentives to suspend uranium enrichment would be like trading gold for chocolates, and the foreign ministry spokesman, in a mocking turnabout, offered the Europeans trade incentives from Tehran. "Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?" said Ahmadinejad. Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, said Iran is willing to offer its own concessions to Europe in return for recognizing Iran's right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel. European nations said they may add a light-water reactor to a package of incentives meant to persuade Tehran to permanently give up enrichment, or face the threat of UN Security Council sanctions.

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