September 22nd, 2006 10:52 EST
Iran's Conditions on Nuclear Talks terms are clear
United Nations – The United States rejects Tehran's conditions on the suspension of its nuclear enrichment program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said following a Security Council meeting.
Rice said that there could be no new conditions added to those set by six major countries -- China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States -- for negotiations on a package of economic and technological incentives in exchange for Iran's ending is enrichment activities.
A July 31 Security Council resolution backed the group's position and gave Iran until August 31 to stop enrichment or face sanctions. (See related article.)
"The terms here are very clear," Rice told reporters September 21 in New York. "Iran has been told by the international community through a Security Council resolution, that they should suspend and if they suspend the negotiations can begin."
"I don't think we need any further conditionality. We need to have a suspension of enrichment and reprocessing and then we can move to full-fledged negotiations," she told journalists after attending a Security Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian situation during the opening of the 61st General Assembly.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, also at the U.N. headquarters for the General Assembly, said at a press conference that his country was prepared to negotiate a suspension if it received fair guarantees. He said he was prepared to meet the council's demand but gave no timeframe.
Rice said that the six nations are "committed to full implementation of [Security Council] Resolution 1696."
"We can either begin negotiations or go to the Security Council," the secretary said.
A transcript of the secretary of state’s remarks is available on the State Department’s Web site.
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