By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 18 minutes ago
- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday thatIran will respond in mid-August to the package of incentives on its nuclear program
- "We are studying the proposals. Hopefully, we will present our views about the package by mid-August,"
- Bush 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.
- Tehran has to suspend its uranium enrichment entirely before the six powers will start negotiations on a framework for its nuclear program.
- Since Iran resumed enrichment this year after a three-year suspension, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly vowed never to halt it again.
(Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, shakes hands with Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 18, 2006. (AP Photo))