'US does not show willingness to hold nuclear talks'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 22, 2010 14:08

Iran's nuclear chief Salehi says his country has "repeatedly declared readiness" to meet with the Vienna group.

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Head of the Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Al

Salehi 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The US is not demonstrating a "willingness" to hold nuclear talks with Teheran, Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.

According to an Iranian Press TV report, Salehi made the comments at the annual International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference in Austria, where he reiterated that Iran is ready to meet with  Vienna Group - the US, France, Russia and the IAEA.

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"Unfortunately the other side, particularly the United States, shows reluctance to attend the nuclear talks; this moves the international community to doubt the sincerity of the United States," he reportedly said.

The US should "become more rational and stop losing opportunities," he continued.

Following meetings with Turkish and Brazilian representatives, Salehi reportedly also confirmed that a "comprehensive consensus" between the three countries over the nuclear fuel swap had been reached.


An Arab League-sponsored resolution calling on Israel to accede to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and place its nuclear facilities under IAEA oversight is expected to come to a vote by the end of the week.

The conference is set to continue until Friday.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.


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