Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said his country was ready to stop its enrichment program and return to talks provided Western nations also stopped their own.
Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in northern Iran one day ahead of a UN Security Council deadline that it was no problem for his country to stop, but that "fair talks" demanded a similar gesture from the West.
"That ... we shut down our nuclear fuel cycle program to let talks begin. It's no problem. But justice demands that those who want to hold talks with us shut down their nuclear fuel cycle program too. Then, we can hold dialogue under a fair atmosphere," Ahmadinejad said.