- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Western diplomat says world powers are prepared to make Iran a “substantial and serious offer” to move along agreements about its nuclear development program.

The unnamed diplomat declined to specify what that offer might entail, according to a Newsmax report.

“We will take an offer with us which we believe to be a substantial and serious offer,” he said, speaking of next week’s talks among U.N. Security Council members and Iranian officials in Kazakhstan, according to Newsmax. “This is an offer which we think has significant new elements in it.”

Iran has been facing economic sanctions from the West because of its failure to halt certain aspects of its uranium enrichment program seen as steps toward nuclear-weapons development. Iran repeatedly has denied its program is aimed at anything other than developing energy for the civilian sector.

The talks are set for Feb. 26.

Not all diplomats are so hopeful Iran will accept any offer.

“We’ve always offered quite a bit,” but Iran has failed to return with adequate concessions, another unnamed diplomat said in the Newsmax report.

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