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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Refuses to Suspend Enrichment

TEHRAN, Iran -- A senior Iranian nuclear official said Monday that suspending uranium enrichment, as demanded by six world powers in return for incentives, was not on Iran's agenda, Iran's student news agency reported.

Ali Hosseinitash spoke two days before a meeting between Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to discuss the package.

Iranian officials have previously insisted Iran would not suspend the atomic work, and Hosseinitash's comments suggest a breakthrough is unlikely.

"Suspension is definitely not on Iran's agenda," Hosseinitash, head of strategic affairs at Iran's Supreme National Security Council, was quoted as saying.

"Iran does not see the issue of suspension as the core idea in solving the case," he added.

In Washington, White House spokesman Tony Snow said U.S. officials were awaiting the results of Solana's meeting with Larijani.