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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Deems Iran's Proposal Inadequate

WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush says a proposal by Iran for nuclear negotiations falls short of UN demands that it cease uranium enrichment, and the United States began plotting unspecified "next steps" with other governments.

For its part, Iran said it had offered "positive and clear signals" to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy demanded Iran suspend uranium enrichment if it wanted to return to negotiations.

Russia's foreign ministry, evidently ambivalent, said it would continue to seek a negotiated solution. And China appealed for dialogue, urging "constructive measures" by Iran and patience from the United States and its allies.

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that Iran's response to a joint offer of U.S, and European trade and other benefits if its enrichment program was halted "falls short of the conditions set by the Security Council."