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Iran's reply to incentives package commensurate to Europe's demeanor: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 15, IRNA
Iran on Tuesday said its response to a package of incentives offered by the world's six powers (5+1 Group) in early June would be in proportion to Europe's demeanor.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi's remarks came as he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of an open session of Majlis.

A package of incentives was drawn up by the five permanent UN Security Council members -- Britain, France, the United States, China and Russia -- plus Germany (Group 5+1) and offered to Iran by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on June 6 in exchange for suspension of its uranium enrichment activities.

Iran has said it was still studying the package and would give its response by August 22.

"Europe would do well to show logic and reason and avoid artificiality in dealing with Iran's nuclear case," Asefi said.

He insisted that parties to the nuclear dispute go back to its main path in resolving it.

He maintained that Iran will not be pressured or threated into making a decision, and cautioned Europe to avoid use of threats.

Asked about the possibility of a return to Russia's proposal that it enrich uranium in behalf of Iran, the spokesman said the issue was not which plan would be acceptable but continuity in the original path taken to resolve the conflict.

Pointing to US President George W Bush's criticism of Iran as being opposed to democracy in the region, he added: "Bush is entitled to his views just as anyone can ask how he became US president through cheating."
Washington, Asefi pointed out, has good relations with certain countries which do not practice democracy.

On the possibility of the UN Security Council passing a second resolution deploying multinational forces to defend Lebanon alongside Lebanese forces, he said resolutions of the Security Council are a dime-a-dozen.

"It passed 1,100 resolutions in a period of less than 20 years since its adoption of Resolution 598 ending the Iraq-imposed war on Iran. Everybody knows that only a few serious resolutions will be enough to establish peace and security in the world."

Asefi further rejected rumors saying foreign banks refuse to open bank accounts for Iranians, saying "Iran's financial sector is active outside the country although it may be facing technical problems."

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