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Iran Extends Deadline For EU Nuclear Proposals

1 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran says it has extended by one day its deadline for the European Union to submit proposals to solve a diplomatic impasse over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said EU diplomats had until 4:30 Tehran time today to hand over their package of proposals.

He added that if the EU did not respond in time, Iran was ready to restart work at an uranium conversion plant near the city of Isfahan later today.

Asefi said Iran had sent a letter informing the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its intention.

Tehran set a similar deadline on 31 July, which the EU did not meet.

Germany, France, and Britain are in negotiations with Iran on economic and technological incentives to persuade Iran to halt development of nuclear processes which could have military use.

The trio said on 31 July that they will have a full package of proposals ready in a week.