VIENNA, Austria – President Bush on Wednesday accused Iran of dragging its feet on a Western incentive package aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activity. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier in the day that his country will respond by mid-August to the proposals presented to Tehran in early June by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
If Iran accepts the offer, it has to suspend its uranium enrichment “” a process that can produce material for nuclear generators or bombs.
“We’ll come to the table when they verifiably suspend. Period,” Bush said at an annual U.S.-European Union summit here.
He said that the mid-August timetable “seems like an awfully long time” to wait for an answer. “It shouldn’t take the Iranians that long to analyze what’s a reasonable deal,” Bush said.