Report: Iran responds to EU proposal

Solana reportedly given Iranian answer to package offered in exchange for halting nuclear program.

solana jalili shake 2248 (photo credit: AP)
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(photo credit: AP)
Iran delivered its response Friday to an international offer of economic and other incentives if it suspends a central part of its nuclear program, Iranian state television reported. The report did not say what the response was. Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, told European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana by phone that Iran presented its response Friday, the report said. It also said Solana and Jalili agreed during the conversation to hold the latest in a series of talks in the second half of July. Solana last met with Iranian officials in mid-June, trying to get Teheran to accept the incentives offer. Acting on behalf of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, the EU's Solana offered the modified package of economic incentives to Iran during his June visit. The offer is meant to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that the six world powers fear Iran could use to produce weapons. Iran's state radio in an earlier news bulletin quoted Jalili as saying the response would be delivered on Friday. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy with the TV report saying it had already been delivered. The report by state TV also says Solana thanked Iran for sending the response and for agreeing to more talks.