- May 19, 2004
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
- Libertarian - Right
Source: Seattle Pi
WASHINGTON -- In a potential strategy shift, the Bush administration is considering joining Europe in offering Iran economic incentives in exchange for abandoning its nuclear fuel program, the White House said Monday.
In the past, the administration had opposed any rewards for Tehran's cooperation. But President Bush is rethinking the issue after his trip last week to Europe, suggested White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
European leaders urged Bush to join them in offering economic incentives - including possible eventual membership for Iran in the World Trade Organization - on the grounds that united front would be more effective than a continuing U.S.-Europe split over how to persuade Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions.
"There was a lot of discussion about the way forward. The president is thinking through some of the ideas that were discussed. We want to look at how we can be the most helpful in moving the process forward," McClellan said.