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Europe's foreign policy chief Javier Solana has gone to Iran to present an international package to end the crisis over the country’s nuclear programme. He arrived in Tehran on 5 June to deliver details of an incentive package of “carrots and sticks” aimed at resolving the dispute.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that the measures agreed in a meeting in Vienna on 1 June covered three aspects - Iran's nuclear programme, trade and economic co-operation with Tehran, and security guarantees.

Mr Lavrov said the Vienna gathering had agreed the UN security council would take no action against Iran if it halted its uranium enrichment activities in compliance with decisions by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

But despite the agreement, Iran’s supreme leader has insisted there is no international consensus on Iran policy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments have highlighted the challenge ahead for the world community in trying to persuade Iran to give up uranium enrichment.

Ayatollah Khamenei has dismissed the promise of fuel supplies to Iran’s nuclear plants from abroad, which is said to be part of the international offer, saying that no “honest” official would agree to give up nuclear technology and beg western nations for energy and warned that energy supplies could be disrupted if the USA made a “mistake” against his people.

7 June 2006

 Last updated: 07/06/2006 10:35:00

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