The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly declared his readiness for nuclear talks amid tough new economic sanctions recently adopted by the United States and Europe.
This new sanctions, which focus on its oil industry, would not force Iran to give in to demands by the Western powers to end its nuclear enrichment. The latest remarks come prior to the visit of United Nations nuclear inspectors to Iran on next week and a March 2 parliamentary elections in Iran.
European leaders are waiting for Iran to answer to an October letter seeking a resumption of talks without preconditions if Iran agreed to discuss its nuclear enrichment program. In the last talks, Iran refused to discuss that main issue, instead it looked for the removal of sanctions and the “right” to enrich uranium before negotiations could begin. (AV)