Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (AFP)
June 20, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said today that Iran is seriously considering a package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to give up its uranium-enrichment program, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reported.
Mottaki, who made the comments on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Baku, did not say when Iran will respond.
"The proposed package by the 5+1 group [UN Security Council permanent members China, France, Great Britain, Russian and the United States, plus Germany] is being considered by the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.
"This consideration is serious and exact. When [the package of incentives] was offered, we did not agree on a [deadline] for the [Iranian] response. We will inform our friends in Europe as soon as we will finalize our review of [the offer]," he added.
On June 19, U.S. President George W. Bush warned Iran of "progressively stronger" political and economic sanctions if it refuses to freeze nuclear activities in return for talks.
(with material from AFP)