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Ahmadinejad: Iran Willing to Talk if Conditions Are Met

Source: VOA

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadsays his country is willing to resume talks with Western nations about its nuclear program if certain conditions are met. Mr. Ahmadinejad made the comments during a televised speech Wednesday in the central town of Shahr-e-kord.

from left: Brazil's FM & President, Iranian FM & President, Turkish PM & FM celebrate the nuclear fuel swap agreement signed in Tehran on May 17, 2010
10-point nuclear deal between Iran, Turkey and Brazil

He said Iran would announce the conditions soon and that world powers need to be disciplined for new sanctions against Tehran for its disputed nuclear program.

Last week, the United Nations Security Council passed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran for pursuing nuclear technology. And on Monday, the European Union signed off on a draft for additional sanctions.

The ministers said the extra EU sanctions on trade, financial transactions and transport could be imposed next month.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, also said she had invited Iran's top nuclear negotiator to talks about his country's nuclear program.

Ashton said she wrote to Iran's Saeed Jalili to discuss nuclear weapons issues. She said the proposal is in line with the EU's twin-track approach of using both dialogue and sanctions to target Iran's atomic program.

The United States and other Western nations fear Iran is pursuing nuclear technology in order to produce nuclear weapons. Iran insists the program is for peaceful purposes.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has dismissed the latest U.N. sanctions against Tehran, which largely target the elite force. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

The sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council include a freeze on the assets of 15 companies linked to the Revolutionary Guard.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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