Teheran ready to resume nuclear program negotiations

Iranian foreign minister Mottaki says negotiations with the international community can be re-established during October, November.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 15, 2010 15:29
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Mottaki speaks during a joint press conference wit

Mottaki Amorim 311. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BRUSSELS — Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday that Teheran was ready to resume talks about its nuclear program with the international community within a matter of weeks.

"From our point of view October or November is a good time for the re-establishment of negotiations," Mottaki said.

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He spoke to reporters as he arrived for a meeting of the so-called Friends of Democratic Pakistan group, which was formed two years ago to support the country's moves toward democracy. Participants are discussing increased aid to Islamabad in the aftermath of the devastation caused by this summer's floods.

On Thursday, Catherine Ashton, the EU security and foreign affairs chief, suggested the talks on Iran's nuclear program be held in Vienna "over three days in mid-November," with the participation of the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany.

"Ashton hopes Mr. (Saeed) Jalili will respond positively and looks forward to constructively engaging with Iran next month," her spokesman Darren Ennis said, referring to Iran's top nuclear negotiator.

Ashton issued the statement soon after meeting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brussels.

In Teheran, Jalili told state TV that Iran welcomed Ashton's intention to hold further talks.

"The past costly and fruitless trend should be an experience for them — the West — to understand talk of cooperation is the only possible alternative and opportunity for them," he said according to the television network's website.

"We have always said talk for cooperation with Iran is the only suitable alternative for (the West)," Jalili was quoted as saying.


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