No time limit to respond, says Minister

TEHERAN: Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday parts of the six-nation package to break impasse over its nuclear dispute was ``acceptable,'' but some other parts should be eliminated.

``We have started studying the proposals immediately when it was handed to us,'' Mr. Asefi told reporters in his weekly press conference. ``Some points of the package are acceptable, some have ambiguities, and some points need to be strengthened, some should be eliminated."

He said there was no time limit for Iran to respond, adding that Iran ``is not trying to buy time. We must study the package, the time is not a problem if necessary, and we will also bring forward our proposals when we respond to them.''

U.S. President George W. Bush said on Friday that Iran would have just weeks to declare accepting the six-nation package, or face possible sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki said on Saturday Iran was studying the proposal and may come out with its own package in response.

``We hope the Europeans could carefully study Iran's proposals, which may appear in the form of amendments or a totally new package,'' he said.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday presented a package of both incentives and penalties to Iran to persuade Teheran to suspend uranium enrichment, which was agreed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany in Vienna on June 1. The United States has accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons under a civilian front, a charge categorically denied by Teheran.