Iran talks tough ahead of nuclear talks

Nov. 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Iran and the European Union have agreed to a date for nuclear talks, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran would not give "one iota" in the discussions.

Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, and Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, will meet next week in Geneva for the first high-level talks on Iran's nuclear program in more than a year, The New York Times reported.

Speaking in northern Iran Tuesday, Ahmadinejad told supporters Iran had always been willing to talk "under the conditions of justice and respect," but said "the people of Iran will not back down one iota" in the face of demands to curb the nation's nuclear program, which Iran claims is intended only for non-military purposes.

Officials from the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain are expected to attend the meetings set for Dec. 6 and 7.

Ahmadinejad alluded to the economic sanctions imposed by the Western powers in his speech, broadcast on Iranian state television.

"I advise that if they want to get results from these talks they must put aside their outdated behavior" in order to talk "about international cooperation, solving the problems of humanity and about economic and nuclear issues," he said.

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