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Rice Says It's Time For Iran's Answer --> Secretary of State Rice (file photo) (NATO) July 11, 2006 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says it's time for Iran to give a definitive answer to the proposal from major world powers for negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

"It is very clear that the Iranians have before them a very beneficial proposal, a proposal that would be beneficial for their energy needs, but a proposal that has wider ranging implications as well for trade and other matters," Rice said. "And it is really time to get an authoritative answer to that proposal."

Rice, speaking in Washington alongside British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett on July 10, said she hopes Iran chooses cooperation, but if not, the United States and its allies are prepared to pursue possible action in the United Nations Security Council.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected to seek an Iranian response to the proposal during scheduled talks today in Brussels with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.

The proposal, put forward by the United States, China, Russia, and European Union countries in early June, offers incentives in exchange for Iran halting uranium-enrichment activity.

(compiled from agency reports)

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