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No security guarantees in Iran proposal: US

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was in Tehran on Tuesday to reveal the package to Iranian officials.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 12:09 IST

The US said that an incentives package aimed at persuading Iran to comply with international demands on its nuclear activities does not include security guarantees.

The US and its allies have refused to discuss details of the package publicly, saying that avoiding a public debate while the Iranians study the proposal was essential to the diplomatic process.

But US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack confirmed on Tuesday that the proposal did not contain guarantees that the US would not use military force against Iran.

"US security guarantees are not on the table," he said.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was in Tehran on Tuesday to reveal the package to Iranian officials. The package includes sets of benefits Iran will receive if it halts uranium enrichment and comes clean with international demands aimed at ensuring its nuclear programme is not for building weapons.

The proposal also outlines punitive measures that can be enacted if Iran does not comply.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with Solana after he returned to Brussels. Solana told Rice that discussions with the Iranians were "very useful and constructive", McCormack said in a statement.

"The Iranians told him that they would consider the proposal but would need some time to review it," he added. "Solana said that he would be in contact with the Iranians in the coming days about the proposal."

The proposal was agreed to last week by the major powers involved in the effort to ensure Iran's nuclear ambitions are purely for energy. They include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US - plus Germany.

The New York Times reported that the US was willing to ease sanctions so Iran could buy aircraft parts from Boeing and agricultural equipment. The six nations would also support Iran's development of nuclear power.

First Published: Jun 07, 2006 12:02 IST