Iran says may give nuclear response early August

TEHRAN, July 4, 2006 (AFP) – Iran could give its response to an international offer aimed at ending a nuclear standoff around August 6, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was quoted as saying Tuesday.

"Our negotiations with the Europeans will be on Wednesday, but it is only the beginning of the talks and our definite response to their proposals will be ready around middle of (the Iranian month of) Mordad," or around August 6, Larijani was quoted as saying on state-run television.

His comments came ahead of a meeting Wednesday between Larijani and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to discuss the crisis.

The Islamic republic has been offered a package of incentives by the world’s major powers if it agrees to suspend sensitive uranium enrichment — a process in the nuclear fuel cycle that can also make the core of an atom bomb.