Iran shows willingness to look at anti-nuclear incentive plan

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June 06, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian officials signaled yesterday that they would look seriously at the package of incentives offered by world powers if Iran suspends its nuclear program.

European envoy Javier Solana arrived last night in Tehran and was scheduled to deliver the proposal this morning. He struck a conciliatory note at the airport, urging "a fresh start."

The Iranians' tone too was more conciliatory and careful than over the past several days, when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made comments that sounded as if they were preparing to dismiss the proposal.

On Solana's arrival, however, officials suggested that there could be many rounds of negotiation as their leaders study the proposal, consider what steps to take and discuss possible additions or changes.

"It has been agreed that a kind of shuttle diplomacy will take place and our meetings and responses will be considered," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in comments to the media.

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