Iran’s Ahmadinejad to offer proposals in nuclear row

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (REUTERS)


Iran will soon put forward new proposals to resolve its dispute with the West over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

"There are various concerns in the world which big powers have no solutions for those international challenges but Iran has solutions," he told a news conference.

"We have prepared a package which will soon be offered," Ahmadinejad added.

He said that no incentives offered by the West would persuade Iran to abandon its right to develop its nuclear programme.

"What does incentives mean?, he said. "Iran is a big power and wants nothing more than its legal right to nuclear technology. Nothing can persuade us to abandon our right."   

Iran's nuclear ambitions have prompted three rounds of UN sanctions since 2006 for its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear work.

The West fears Tehran is secretly trying to acquire nuclear arms under cover of a civilian programme. Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer, insists its atomic work is to master skills to generate power.   

Tehran has so far rejected to halt its uranium enrichment activities which can be used to make power plant fuel or material for bombs.

World powers are considering enhancing a package of trade and other incentives for Iran, previously proposed in 2006, if it stops enriching uranium.