Olli Heinonen to visit Tehran for talks; Iran ready to respond to incentive package presented by the West
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  • The Head of the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency Olli Heinonen plans to visit Tehran on August 7 to hold talks with Iranian officials over the country’s nuclear program. Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany last month offered Iran an updated package of incentives in return for a halt to Tehran’s uranium enrichment program. The package was a follow-up of an original proposal in 2006. Iran has also presented its own package of proposals on ways to address international challenges, including the threat of nuclear proliferation, and has said it has found ‘common ground’ between the two separate packages1.

    In other news, Tehran has said that it was ready to respond to an incentives package that the United States and five other world powers have offered in exchange for suspension of its uranium-enrichment program. It has however insisted that the big powers "simultaneously" provide a more detailed explanation of the offer, a formula that may lead to drawn-out talks2.