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TOKYO, AP -Visiting Iranian Vice President Isfandiar Rahim Mashaee said Wednesday that Iran was still considering a Western incentives package offered to Iran in exchange for suspending uranium enrichment, a news report said.

But Mashaee also accused the West of “using pressure, not dialogue, to try to deny Iran its rights” during a meeting with Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Aso, Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported.

Mashaee’s remarks came after Iran’s ambassador to the U.N. said Monday that a U.N. resolution calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions would make negotiations more difficult on the incentives package.

On Monday Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected the deadline.

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