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Ahmadinejad says Iran is open to further nuclear talks

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-01-23

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday he hoped for further talks with world powers on the country's nuclear programme after two days of negotiations in Istanbul ended without progress.

AFP - Iran is open to holding further talks with six world powers over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after the failure of the latest round of dialogue.

"They have talked for a few rounds, but we never expected that issues would be resolved during these few sessions because of the record and mentality of the other parties," the hardliner said in a speech aired live on state television from the nothern city of Rasht.

Iran skirts nuclear issue at Istanbul talks

"But if the other side is determined and committed to justice, law and respect, one can hope that suitable results could be achieved in future sessions."

Talks in Istanbul on Friday and Saturday failed to yield results between Iran and the so-called P5+1 -- UN Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.

The dialogue was aimed at ascertaining whether Iran's contentious nuclear drive masks a weapons drive as suspected by the West, but staunchly denied by the Islamic republic.

Ahmadinejad, under whose presidency the nuclear programme has grown, said the conditions for "good agreements in future sessions" had been created as both sides have met and got acquainted to each other's views.

But he charged that "the uncultured Zionists (Israel) and some power-hungry people in Europe and the US are not interested in a good resolution of the issues."

"I am telling the 5+1 officials that if you want the negotiations to bear results, you should free yourself from the pressure of short-sighted and uncultured people in order to pave the way for further engagement.

"The world should know that this nation stands up to bullying and will put the bullies in their place. You cannot make Iran back down an inch from its course as it is now a nuclear state," said Ahmadinejad.

Date created : 2011-01-23

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