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Iran Threatens to Restart Nuclear Work Without EU Offer

Iran says it will restart sensitive nuclear activities Monday unless the European Union proposes how to end the diplomatic dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, Hamid Reza Asefi, said today that without a proposal, Tehran will resume work at its Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility.

But the spokesman added that Iran is ready to continue talks with the Europeans and extend the suspension of uranium enrichment activities it agreed to last year.

Britain, Germany, and France have been preparing a package of economic and political incentives for Iran to make that suspension permanent.

Today, the British government warned Iran that resuming nuclear activities would be an "unnecessary and damaging step."

Iran contends the European agreed to submit a specific proposal by August 1st, but EU diplomats say that was not a firm deadline.

The United States has accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.