Iran rejects EU bribery bid

Sunday, June 15, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Iran on Saturday rejected a European attempt to pay the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear program, reported the Associated Press.

The package of economic incentives was presented to Iranian officials by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who has for years led ineffective international diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Ignoring past failures, Solana said he was optimistic the latest bribe would result in negotiations that could end the crisis.

But Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham immediately told Iran's IRNA news agency that if the EU offer demands Iran stop enriching uranium as a precondition to talks, then Tehran would reject it without hesitation.

The offer does indeed insist on a full stop to Iranian uranium enrichment efforts prior to negotiations.

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