Representatives from six nations meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, to
discuss Iran's nuclear program are pressing the country to resume
The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain) plus
Germany have offered Iran trade incentives to stop its uranium
enrichment program. They also are considering imposing harsher
sanctions if Iran refuses.
Following talks on Wednesday, a German participant urged Tehran to
agree to talks before the United Nations General Assembly meets later
The statement was a response to an offer from Iran's top nuclear negotiator, saying Tehran is ready to resume negotiations.
Iranian state media reports quoted Sa'id Jalili (head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council) as saying Iran has an "updated" set of proposals that are intended as a basis for talks.
U.S. and EU officials say they have not yet received the updated proposals.
On Wednesday, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana,
said he still has not received the proposal but will be willing to
discuss it after reviewing it. The White House said Tuesday it has not
received any new proposals.
Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to develop weapons, while Tehran
says its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes.
But the outgoing chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency says
Iran's nuclear threat is "hyped," and there is no proof the country
will soon have nuclear weapons. Mohamed ElBaradei made the comment in
an interview with the U.S.-based magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
He acknowledged there is concern about Iran's intentions, but he said
"the idea that we'll wake up tomorrow and Iran will have a nuclear
weapon is an idea that is not supported by the facts."
ElBaradei says the best way forward is to develop a dialogue between Iran and the United States.