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Iran Says Positive Atmosphere Helps Atomic Dispute

Manouchehr Mottaki (file photo) (Photolur) June 18, 2006 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said a "positive atmosphere" has been created that could help resolve the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

In comments carried by state telvision, Mottaki said the present atmosphere could provide the "best opportunity" to resolve the nuclear dispute.

But he did not say when Tehran would respond to the package of incentives offered by world powers to persuade it to redirect its nuclear program away from uranium enrichment.

He said any deal would need talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, China, Russia, Great Britain and France -- plus Germany, which originally presented the package.