Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (file photo) (Fars)
July 20, 2006 -- Iran's Supreme National Security Council announced today that Tehran plans to continue its controversial uranium-enrichment work in defiance of international calls for it to suspend sensitive parts of its nuclear program.
In a statement read on state television, the council said Tehran is "ready to find a diplomatic solution" to the standoff, but warned the UN Security Council against choosing a "path of confrontation."
The council also promised to formally respond on August 22 to an incentives package offered by world powers aimed at resolving the dispute.
Iran's case was referred back to the Security Council last week after Tehran failed to respond to the package.
UN Security Council members are currently engaged in informal talks on the text of a draft resolution about Iran's nuclear program.