Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that Tehran is ready to discuss its disputed nuclear program with the world powers that have raised the issue before the U.N. Security Council.
Manouchehr Mottaki said his government is ready to discuss all issues, including demands for a suspension of Tehran's uranium enrichment activities.
In Washington, a State Department spokesman dismissed the offer. The spokesman, Gonzalo Gallegos said the U.S. is looking for an official response to a United Nations resolution adopted on July 31st.
The Security Council resolution demands that Tehran halt uranium enrichment by the end of August or face possible sanctions. The United States and the other permanent Security Council members ( -- Britain, France, Russia and China -- ) along with Germany, have also offered incentives if Iran halts its sensitive nuclear work.
Iran says it will respond to the incentives offer next week, but it has repeatedly said it has a right to enrich uranium.
The United States and its allies believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.