Iran uranium enrichment plan hypothetical: US

The US has refused to confirm or deny reports that it had offered Iran the possibility of enrichment on its territory.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 10:48 IST

The United States has refused to confirm or deny reports that it and European powers had offered Iran the possibility of uranium enrichment on its territory.

The US said Iran must suspend all uranium enrichment on its soil as a condition for Washington's participation in negotiations with the Islamic republic.

"The precondition of suspending uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities -- that is still an absolute condition," President George W Bush's spokesman, Tony Snow said on Wednesday.

"That condition would have to hold throughout any negotiating term," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

"Beyond that, I am not going to speculate. Beyond that, we are truly into the realm of the hypothetical and theoretical," he said.

According to diplomatic sources in Vienna and Tehran, the powers' offer to Iran would eventually allow uranium enrichment on its territory, but only after the approval of the international community.

Iran on Wednesday was weighing an international incentive package -- which offers trade, diplomatic and technology incentives in return for a freeze of uranium enrichment -- drawn up by Britain, France and Germany and backed by the United States, Russia and China.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 09:45 IST