Iran says to set terms for any new nuclear talks


Iran is ready to resume stalled nuclear talks with major powers if terms Tehran will announce soon are met, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, a week after the oil producer was hit by a new round of sanctions.
Ahmadinejad made clear Iran’s “nuclear path” would not be negotiable in any such discussions, highlighting Tehran’s defiance despite growing international pressure over atomic activities the West suspects are aimed at making bombs. Iran’s determination to press ahead with work, which it says is aimed at generating power, was underlined by an official announcing plans to build four more medical research reactors.
The Islamic state said in February it launched higher-grade uranium enrichment to provide fuel for its existing research reactor in Tehran, a move that sparked alarm in the West because it brought it closer to the level needed for a bomb.
Ahmadinejad said Iran was in favour of talks but that the situation had changed and “it is now our turn to make a move to force you to behave”, in reference to world powers including the United States, Russia and China.
“If they think they can use sticks to pressure Iran, we say that the Iranian nation will break all of their sticks,” said Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West. He added in a televised speech in the western city of Shahr- e Kord: “They will take to the grave the wish of overstepping the Iranian nation’s rights by (even the smallest amount).” Iran, the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, says its nuclear programme is peaceful and primarily aimed at generating electricity to meet booming demand. — Reuters