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Iran again rejects nuclear deadline

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An official handout picture shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a visit to the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities, south of Tehran earlier this year. Iran today rejected any deadline to give a final response to a package put forward by world powers seeking a breakthrough in the nuclear crisis, and says it had already responded.

Iran today rejected any deadline to give a final response to a package put forward by world powers seeking a breakthrough in the nuclear crisis, and says it had already responded.Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says “The language of deadline-setting is not understandable to us. We gave them our response within a month as we said we would, now they have to reply to us”.

Iran on July 4 handed world powers what it says was its “constructive and creative” response to their offer presented by EU foreign policy envoy Javier Solana in June aimed at persuading Tehran to halt sensitive nuclear work.

However, Tehran’s arch-foe, the United States, insisted on yesterday that Iran must give an answer by the weekend, warning of consequences of any defiance by the Islamic republic.

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