'If sanctions are dropped, nuclear talks can succeed'

Ahmadinejad says West must put aside "inappropriate manners" for negotiations to be fruitful; Official: no signs of progress in first day of talks.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 7, 2010 12:37
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is interview

Ahmadinejad Pinstripes 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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As the second day of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group in Geneva began Tuesday morning, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that if sanctions are removed, that nuclear "talks will definitely be fruitful," Reuters reported.

In a speech dubbed in English on PressTV, the Iranian president said that only "by putting aside all of the wrong decisions, and the inappropriate manners that you have, by scrapping all those [sanctions] resolutions that have had no effect on the Iranian people, by putting aside and cancelling all those restrictions you have created," could the nuclear talks succeed, according to Reuters.

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Talks between Iran and the six world powers went into their second day with no signs of progress on UN Security Council demands that Tehran curb its nuclear activities.

An official at the negotiations said the first meeting Monday gave little reason to presume that Iran would relent and address the demands. That would dash hopes of a renewed meeting in the new year.

Delegates from Iran, the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany were meeting Tuesday at a conference center in Geneva.

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