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IRAN MAKES PROPOSALS FOR NUCLEAR DISCUSSIONS

VIENNA - Iran handed over a package of proposals for possible talks with world powers over its nuclear program on Wednesday, but it gave no indication that the offer would include discussions to halt its enrichment of uranium, as demanded by the United Nations Security Council.

In Vienna, the United States and its European allies again condemned Iran's nuclear activities, noting that Iran has crossed or nearly crossed the threshold for assembling enough fissile material to make one atomic bomb.

"This ongoing enrichment activity ... moves Iran closer to a dangerous and destabilizing possible breakout capacity," Glyn Davies, U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a meeting of the U.N. agencies Governing Board. "We have serious concerns that Iran is deliberately attempting, at a minimum, to preserve a nuclear weapons option."

The United States, France, Britain and Germany have pushed for an increase in U.N. economic sanctions on Iran but have been thwarted by veto-bearing Russia and China, who remain economically and politically engaged with Iran.

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