Ahmadinejad endorses new nuclear talks with West

The Iranian president says Tehran is ready to resume talks about its nuclear program with the international community.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 16:04 PM IST

Tehran: The Iranian president says Tehran is ready to resume talks about its nuclear program with the international community.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s endorsement follows Iran`s new push to get the talks started again.

The talks foundered a year ago and led to a fourth round of U.N. sanctions over Iran`s refusal to halt uranium enrichment — a program the West is concerned masks ambitions for nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge.
Ahmadinejad told a crowd of supporters on Sunday that the West made the first step. He gave no timeframe for the talks.

"They have come and say, "We will negotiate.` We say, "All right, we will negotiate with you.`"
EU`s Catherine Ashton has suggested the talks be held in Vienna in mid-November, with U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany.

Bureau Report