Iran Proposal Not Responsive on Nuclear Concerns, U.S. Says
The U.S. said an Iranian proposal to resume stalled talks doesn't adequately address American concerns about the country's nuclear ambitions, Bloomberg reported.
"It's not really responsive to our greatest concern, which is obviously Iran's nuclear program," State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley told reporters today in Washington.
Crowley said Iran, in its proposal submitted yesterday in Tehran to diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland, which accepted the proposal for the U.S., said it wasn't willing even to discuss the nuclear program.
"Iran reiterated its view that as far as it's concerned its nuclear file is closed," Crowley said. The U.S. will confer with the other countries who received the proposal tomorrow, he said.
The U.S. and its main allies suspect Iran of using its nuclear program to develop the capability to make atomic weapons. Iran denies the allegation and says it needs the technology to generate electricity.
A U.S. envoy said yesterday that Iran is approaching the point at which it would have enough enriched uranium to build a bomb.