Iran: delay for package of proposals relates to U.S. unclear stance

Iran Materials 12 July 2009 21:51 (UTC +04:00)

An Iranian lawmaker said Sunday that Iran's delay in presenting its new package of proposals is related to the U.S. unclear stance, Xinhua reported according to the official IRNA news agency.

Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh, who is also the member of Iran's parliament (Majlis) National Security Commission said to IRNA that the reason for the delay was that "the United States have not adopted a clear stance vis-a-vis Iran."

In April, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran would offer new proposal package to the world, "before the presidential elections on June 12," according to IRNA.

"We are developing a new package. It is prepared to be proposed to the world," Ahmadinejad then said, adding that "This document would be the guarantee of peace and justice in the world, of respect to the rights of the nations, and of participation of all the governments and nations to resolve the issues of the world."

He did not, however, elaborate on the content of the package and whether it has its concern to do with the country's nuclear standoff.

Talking to IRNA on Sunday, Falahat-Pisheh further commented that Iran's package of proposals "is of detente nature on the international scene."

"The first feature of Iran's package of proposals is that it outlines the foreign policy of Ahmadinejad's administration...and it highlights the country's detente-oriented foreign policy."

The commissioner, however, did not clarify on the date when the country is going to disclose its package.

In response to West's packages of incentives to encourage Iran to halt its sensitive nuclear program, Iran offered its own package to France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States, plus Germany (G5+1) last year, in which Tehran's concern had been directed to the global issues rather than its nuclear program.

The United States and other Western countries claim that Iran intends to secretly develop nuclear weapons. The UN Security Council also requires Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activity.

Iran, however, insists that its nuclear plan is only for peaceful purposes, vowing to continue its uranium enrichment activity despite pressure and sanctions from Western countries.