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European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana speaks during a news conference at Pakistani Foreign Ministry in Islamabad April 22, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

European Union top diplomat Javier Solana confirmed on Wednesday that he would soon visit Iran, but expected no miracles of his trip on Iran's nuclear issue.

"I will be going to Tehran. I have not been there since June 2006," Solana told the European Parliament.

"I will take an upgraded offer compared to the one that we presented in 2006," he said, referring to the incentives offered by the UN Security Council's permanent members plus Germany to Iran to encourage the Islamic country to halt uranium enrichment.

"I do not expect miracles but I think it is important for us to keep extending a hand and to make it clear that we have a dual track approach, with negotiations to solve the basic issues, in particular the nuclear issue, but at the same time, to continue using what the Security Council has to offer," he added.

Solana said the date for his visit would probably around June 14, adding that details were not hammered out yet.

Britain, the United States, France, China, Russia and Germany agreed weeks ago on an updated offer for Iran based on the 2006 version.

The West believes that Iran aims at developing nuclear weapons, but Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful use.

The Security Council has imposed three sanctions on Iran over its nuclear activities.

Solana will take the task to present the offer to Iran on behalf of the six nations.

(Xinhua News Agency June 5, 2008)

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