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    Iran won't negotiate 'nuclear rights'?
    translation: Iran won't bow down to US bullshit bullying! Yeah thats right, Iran is an autonomous country and doesn't have to take the Bush Adminstrations bullshit or bullying tactics so quit wasting your time and put a sock in it Condy! Who does the US govt. think it is to be the world's authority on morals and human rights when our morals are cleary fucked up (i.e. the civilian massacre(s) in Iraq) and the rights of our citizens diminishing daily (i.e. patriot act bullshit)!

    Iran won't negotiate 'nuclear rights'
    Talks welcome without condition, Tehran says

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iran rejected on Thursday a U.S. proposal to join multilateral talks as offering no "new and rational solution" to Iran's nuclear case, according to Iran's state-run news agency.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran is willing to talk with the United States about its nuclear program but won't stop uranium enrichment, the condition Washington put on starting negotiations.

    "We won't negotiate about the Iranian nation's natural nuclear rights, but we are prepared, within a defined, just framework and without any discrimination, to hold a dialogue about common concerns," The Associated Press quoted Mottaki as saying on state-run television. *sounds fair to me*

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the United States will join multilateral talks with Iran on its nuclear program once Iran "suspends its enrichment and reprocessing activities." (Watch what Rice has to say about Iran's only options -- 3:22)

    "Rice remarks had no new words," Mottaki told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). "The remarks were a litany of phrases."

    White House spokesman Tony Snow said Washington has changed tactics because the international community *you mean Bush's oil concerns* now faces "real timetables" on the progress of Iran's nuclear program.

    Rice was in Vienna, Austria, to meet with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council on the Iran nuclear issue and to seek support for the U.S. position.

    The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Iran cease nuclear enrichment and reprocessing.

    The Security Council has debated a resolution, backed by the United States, Britain and France, that would give the demand the force of international law and open the door to possible sanctions if Iran continues to refuse.

    Russia and China, two of the council's veto-wielding permanent members, have said they oppose sanctions.

    President Bush said Thursday he spoke to the presidents of China and Russia in a bid to get them to support U.N. sanctions against Iran if it does not suspend its nuclear activities.

    "The most positive thing about all the conversations I had is there's uniform agreement that the Iranians should not have a nuclear weapon," Bush said. "And we'll discuss tactics and strategies to make sure that the international community speaks with one clear voice if the Iranians choose not to verifiably suspend."

    Rice, in a speech Wednesday, also said Iran must also resume cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog. (Excerpts from Rice's speech)

    IRNA quoted Mottaki as saying Rice's remarks fail to provide a "new and rational solution" to the issue.

    Another Iranian official called the U.S. condition unsuitable and emphasized that Iran has regularly said it will not cede its right to develop nuclear power, which it says it wants to do solely for peaceful purposes. The official -- Kazem Jalali, a spokesman for parliament's national security and foreign policy commission -- made his remarks on TV in Iran.

    Though Bush has said he is committed to a diplomatic solution in the standoff with Iran, he "is not going to take any of his options off the table, temporarily or otherwise," Rice said in response to a question about whether a military option remains a possibility.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier this month sent a letter to Bush, the first direct communication between the leaders of both nations since the Islamic revolution in Tehran in 1979. (Full story)

    Though U.S. officials have refused to participate in nuclear talks with Iran in the past, "the United States might be able now to add weight to the negotiating track by joining these discussions," Rice said.

    Rice said the United States acknowledges the right of the Iranian people to civil nuclear energy, but said the country's history of violating its commitments and working on a secret nuclear program mean it must now "persuasively demonstrate" that it is not pursuing nuclear weapons.

    Program in early stages
    Iran announced in April that it had used an array of 164 centrifuges to produce enriched uranium on a "laboratory scale" in the concentration needed to run a civilian nuclear reactor.

    But thousands more centrifuges would be needed to enrich uranium to the concentrations needed to produce a nuclear bomb, experts say.

    The Institute for Science and International Security, led by former U.N. nuclear inspector David Albright, said Wednesday that Iran plans only to start building 3,000 centrifuges by year's end, a process that would take at least three years.

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    Eh Iran has always been shifty, has always played for time. I don't blame Condi (as much as i hate that stupid bitch) for slapping down that condition.

    I don't trust the US or Iran about equally.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    probably everything we've heard about Iran is through US (or US-friendly) media so don't be so quick to judge...quite yet that is.

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    EU chief 'to deliver Iran deal'

    (CNN) -- Europe's foreign policy chief is ready to head to Tehran to present new international incentive offers to persuade Iran to curb halt uranium enrichment, even as the country's president says it is not prepared to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

    The EU's Javier Solana is expected to leave Brussels on Sunday for a Middle East tour which could accommodate a detour to the Iranian capital, but the date of any visit could not be confirmed his assistant Christina Gallach told CNN.

    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that his country was not prepared to stop its nuclear activities, however Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Saturday that a breakthrough was possible and welcomed unconditional talks with all parties, including the United States. (Watch as Iran's president refuses to back down -- 2:03)

    "We think that if there is a good will, a breakthrough to get out of a situation they (the EU and the United States) have created for themselves... is possible," Mottaki said, according to AP.

    On Thursday, six world powers meeting in Vienna agreed to "substantive" incentives in an attempt to coax Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment.

    The six powers, the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, along with Germany, agreed on a "set of far-reaching proposals" on Thursday.

    While details will be kept secret until Iran has seen them, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said the suggestions will form the foundation for resuming talks with Iran.

    The package still hinges on Iran halting its nuclear enrichment program. (Watch what will happen next if Iran does not agree -- 2:08)

    "We believe that (the proposals) offer Iran the chance to reach a negotiated agreement based on cooperation," Beckett said.

    In an interview with CNN, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran needs "to make a choice and the international community needs to know whether negotiation is a real option or not."

    State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Friday that the package is a "clear choice" for Iran.

    "This is a real and sincere effort at diplomacy," he said. "It is about giving Iran that kind of clear choice that we've been talking about. And we'll see what Iran does."

    The incentive proposal follows Rice's meeting with foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia in Vienna, Austria, the headquarters of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency.(Watch the U.S. strategy on Iran -- 2:23)

    Rice said Iran must respond in "a matter of weeks."

    If Iran agrees to suspend its nuclear reprocessing and enrichment activities, potential Security Council actions against Tehran will be suspended, Beckett said. If Iran refuses, "further steps would have to be taken in the Security Council," she said without elaborating.

    The announcement appears to mark the first time China and Russia have been on the same page as Washington regarding the issue.

    Though the consequences of Iran refusing to halt enrichment weren't laid out, China and Russia's agreement to the deal is key.

    The two countries have hesitated to call for sanctions on Iran in the past, and both could veto any Security Council resolution punishing Iran for refusing to stop its enrichment and reprocessing activities.Despite Iran's insistence that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, the United States and its European allies fear the nation is attempting to develop nuclear weapons.

    Iran ended its voluntary cooperation with the IAEA in February, which included ending surprise inspections of its nuclear facilities.

    Iran said in April that it used 164 centrifuges to produce energy-grade uranium. Experts say thousands of centrifuges are needed to produce the necessary concentrations for a nuclear bomb.

    Copyright 2006 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.








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