Friday, March 11, 2005


Rice: U.S. Backs Economic Incentives for Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, in a policy shift, will offer Iran (news - web sites) economic incentives to abandon its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) told Reuters on Friday.

"We will make clear that we will lift our objections to an Iranian application to the WTO and that we are prepared to lift an objection to the licensing of spare parts for Iranian commercial aircraft," Rice said in an interview.

"The decision that the president has taken is that the United States will make an effort to actively support the EU3 negotiations with the Iranians," Rice added, referring to Britain, France and Germany, the three European nations negotiating with Iran.

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