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06-10-2006, 05:34 PM
US refuses to rule out attacks


By Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor

America has refused to give Iran guarantees that it will not use military force against its nuclear sites, according to a leading US official (Richard Beeston writes).

John Bolton, the US envoy to the UN, said that incentives offered to Iran this week in return for suspending its uranium enrichment work did not include military commitments. President Bush has insisted on keeping “all options open” in dealing with Iran, which many suspect is secretly building an atomic weapon under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme.

Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign policy chief, delivered a package of incentives agreed by America, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. The US has also agreed to resume official talks with Tehran for the first time in a quarter of a century.

In return, Iran is expected to halt its uranium enrichment. If it refuses, it faces the threat of punitive sanctions.