6 world powers to discuss Iran in Vienna
Updated: 2006-05-29 21:56
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council
and Germany will meet in Vienna later this week in hopes of approving a package
of incentives and penalties meant to persuade Iran to give up uranium
enrichment, diplomats said Monday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, waves
to photographers as he waits for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, unseen,
prior to a welcoming ceremony for Karzai, in Tehran on Saturday May, 27,
The diplomats, who demanded anonymity for divulging the confidential
information, told The Associated Press the meeting will take place Thursday.
The meeting is a follow-up on talks in London last Wednesday, where senior
representatives of the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany
said they made good progress in efforts to find common ground on rewarding Iran
if it gives up uranium enrichment or punishing it if it doesn't.
The foreign ministers of the six nations would have to give final approval to
the package. Then it would formally be presented to Tehran by France, Britain
and Germany ¡ª the three European nations who broke off similar talks with Iran
in August after it resumed activities linked to uranium enrichment, which can be
used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads.
Iran, which insists it has a right to the technology to make nuclear fuel,
has repeatedly said nothing can make it relinquish its fledgling enrichment