Ahmadinejad calls nuclear talks with West 'positive'

"The time has come to turn the policy of confrontation to one of cooperation," Iranian president says.

December 18, 2010 22:28
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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TEHERAN, Iran— Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called recent talks with six world powers in Switzerland "positive," a sign that Teheran may be willing to address concerns about its disputed nuclear program.

In an interview broadcast Saturday on state TV, Ahmadinejad said negotiations earlier this month in Geneva with the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany were "good talks."

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"I carefully studied the minutes of the talks. I saw positive points," he said. "The time has come to turn the policy of confrontation to one of cooperation."

The remarks could suggest that Iran is open to discussing concerns over its nuclear program.

The US and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is merely geared toward generating electricity and producing medical isotopes for patients.

The US wants Teheran to fully open all facilities to international inspection and to give up uranium enrichment, a key element that could give it a pathway to a bomb. Iran says it has a right to enrich uranium to produce nuclear fuel.

The talks in Geneva concluded with the parties agreeing to reconvene early next year in Istanbul.

Ahmadinejad warned after the meetings in Geneva that unless UN sanctions are lifted, the six world powers face failure in Turkey.

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