Talks Don't Yield New Nuclear Offer for Iran

Security Council nations seek unified stance on Tehran
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 5:20 PM CDT
US Acting Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Daniel Fried, right, and Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Kislyak at the six-nation talks April 16, 2008 in Shanghai, China.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – A meeting in Shanghai of permanent UN Security Council members and Germany failed to produce a new set of incentives to offer Iran for cessation of its nuclear activities, Reuters reports. "We can say we agreed on the main content of a plan to restart negotiations, but not all the problems have been resolved," a senior Chinese diplomat said today.

Tehran rejected a standing offer of the incentives agreed upon in 2006, forcing the council to try to draft another package. Nonetheless, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that Iran was ready for nuclear negotiations—provided the nation’s rights were not impinged upon.