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Iran Is/Isn’t Ready For Nuclear Talks

From the always willing dupes at Reuters:

Ali Asghar Soltanieh

Iran ready for nuclear talks with West: state TV

By Zahra Hosseinian

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A senior Iranian official said Tehran was ready for negotiations with the West on its disputed nuclear program based on mutual respect and without preconditions, state television reported on Tuesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama has given Iran until September to take up a six-power offer of talks on trade benefits if it shelves sensitive nuclear enrichment, or face harsher sanctions.

Iranian officials have made similar statements in the past about possible discussions on Tehran’s nuclear activities, while vowing not to back down in the row with the West.

But political turmoil in the Islamic state following its June election clouded prospects for dialogue and Tuesday’s announcement may come as a positive surprise for Washington, even though it did not mention next month’s deadline.

"Talks without preconditions is Iran’s main stance in negotiations on the nuclear issue," Iran’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear agency watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, was quoted as saying by state television.

"Soltanieh announced Iran’s readiness to take part in any negotiations with the West based on mutual respect," the television report said

Meanwhile, we are hearing a slightly different tale from the mullahs’ mouth, Iran’s Press TV:

Iran denies nuclear talks ‘without preconditions’

Tue, 18 Aug 2009

Iran’s nuclear envoy has denied reports quoting him as saying that Tehran was ready for talks with the West on its nuclear program ‘without preconditions’.

Some Western media, including Italy’s AKI news agency, had earlier quoted him as saying on state TV that Iran ‘was ready for negotiations without preconditions with the West on its nuclear program’. …

Soltaniyeh added, however, that he had referred to a letter he sent to the United Nations calling for a ban on armed attacks against nuclear facilities around the world.

“The only issued which has been recently raised is our call for a ban on threats and attacks on the nuclear installations in the world which is an international issue and a matter of concern for all countries,” he said.

“Iran’s main stance is to continue peaceful nuclear activities … and cooperate with the IAEA,” Soltaniyeh concluded.

The US, Israel and some European countries accuse Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons.

As a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has stressed its right to peaceful nuclear technology, saying it considers any efforts to obtain nuclear weapons a ‘politically retarded‘ move.

What is even more hilarious is the pretense that any of this matters.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Iran Is/Isn’t Ready For Nuclear Talks”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk!!!
    Fast is the time where talk will be turned to action!


  2. beautyofreason says:

    North Korea 2.0.

    The nukes will increase their already inflated ego. Prepare for more speeches threatening the existence of Israel, or the “cancer,” “zionist entity,” as they call it. Even among average Iranians, 60% polled answered yes to the statement, “it is the duty of all Muslims to destroy Israel” (so much for religious tolerance). And just over half of Iranians support the idea of obtaining nuclear weapons, over 90% are in favor of a nuclear program alone.

    Fake election or not, Iran is a security threat and they must not acquire nukes. Our do-nothing administration will not stop them. Maybe invite them to the next 4th of July for halal burgers?

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