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G-8 Wants Iran's Answer by July 5

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States, Russia and other industrial democracies said Thursday they want Iran to answer "yes" or "no" next week to an international offer to bargain over Tehran's disputed nuclear program and said they are disappointed that the clerical regime has not replied by now.

"We are disappointed in the absence of an official Iranian response to this positive proposal," said a statement from foreign ministers of the Group of Eight industrial nations. "We expect to hear a clear and substantive Iranian response to these proposals" at the meeting scheduled July 5 between the European Union's foreign minister and Iran's nuclear negotiator.

The ministers said leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations will assess the Iran situation before mid-July. The leaders meet in Russia July 15-17 to discuss the situation, among other topics.

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