EU Promises Bold Iran Nuclear Offer
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana says the EU will offer Iran generous incentives to convince Tehran to give up its nuclear program. Arriving in Brussels Monday for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss Iran, Solana said the "bold package" will cover issues relating to nuclear, economic and - possibly - security matters. He did not offer details of the package, which - among other things - is expected to include promises to help Iran develop a civilian nuclear program.
Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran would reject any European offer that requires an end to Iran's nuclear activities. Tehran denies Western accusations that Iran is trying to obtain nuclear weapons.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is encouraged by the latest diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis. He said the international community must take urgent steps to resolve the matter to forestall a possible "cascade" of proliferation of nuclear weapons.