By Nicholas Kralev
The Washington Times
March 18, 2008
The United States and four other veto-wielding states on the U.N. Security Council are preparing a package of incentives aimed at Iran’s newly elected parliament in hopes of ending the country’s uranium-enrichment program — the main impediment to improved ties between Iran and the West.
The proposal includes economic, technological and security benefits, spare parts for Iran’s aging fleet of Boeing aircraft and help developing a civilian nuclear energy program, U.S. and European officials said yesterday.
The effort resembles a 2006 offer that Tehran rejected, prompting a series of U.N. sanctions.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) attends a ceremony to mark the Iranian New Year holiday, called Norouz, in Tehran March 17, 2008. Iran’s New Year starts on March 20 this year.
REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (IRAN)
This time, officials said, they will be more specific about the timing of the incentives. They also expressed hope it will persuade new members of parliament after elections Friday.