Ahmadinejad: Iran to respond to West offer by mid-August
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday his country would respond by mid-August to the package of incentives on its nuclear program offered by the West. "We are studying the proposals. Hopefully, we will present our views about the package by mid-August," Ahmadinejad told a crowd in western Iran.
If Iran rejects the deal, US President Bush has warned that it can expect U.N. Security Council action. If Iran accepts the package, it has to suspend its uranium enrichment entirely.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Jewish community in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), Maurice Motamed, said that the Iranian Jews, along with other Iranian nationals, boast of the country's access to "peaceful" nuclear technology.
Motamed, currently in Moscow to attend a seminar on Islam and Judaism and the prospect of cooperation, dialogue, told reporters that political pressures will not have any impact on the will of the Iranian nation for making use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Iran is an ancient country where various religious and national ethnic groups live freely, he added, according to IRNA.