Iranian president threatens to revise nuclear cooperation with West

Iran Materials 13 July 2006 13:58 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - Iran's president said his country could review its nuclear cooperation with the West, Iran's state television said Thursday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made this statement after France's foreign minister said Wednesday that the six nations working to resolve the crisis around Iran's controversial nuclear program had no option other than to refer Tehran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council, reports Trend.

"Until today, the way we chose was peaceful, within the framework of [IAEA and NPT] regulations," Ahmadinejad said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog, and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

He added that if the Iranian nation saw that Western countries were insincere in their actions, it would revise its policy in the field of nuclear programs.

Ahmadinejad also said on television that his country would not respond to the Iran 6 proposals before mid-August.

Iran's nuclear program has been a source of major controversy since the beginning of the year, as many countries suspect the Islamic Republic of pursuing a covert weapons program under the pretext of civilian research, despite its claims to the contrary. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented a package of incentives for Iran, which many countries suspect of pursuing a secret weapons program, in return for its consent to halt uranium enrichment during his visit to the Islamic Republic on June 6. Ahmadinejad earlier said Iran would respond to the Iran-6 proposals by August 22.