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Iran, West Say They're Ready To Resume Nuclear Talks


Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (left) with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, in Tehran on January 4.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (left) with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, in Tehran on January 4.

Turkey has delivered a Western offer to Tehran to renew negotiations over its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, expressing hope that talks stalled a year ago could soon be revived.

As new sanctions from the United States and the European Union added pressure on the Iranian economy, Iranian Foreign
Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran was also interested in
returning to the negotiating table.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Salehi, Davutoglu said Salehi had "responded in kind" to "an expression of willingness by the West to resume negotiations" that he had brought.

"We are waiting for a good result coming out of the willingness of the two parties to go back to the negotiating table," Davutoglu told the news conference, carried live on Iran's Press TV with English translation.

"As far as negotiations over Iran's peaceful nuclear energy
program, we hope that we will gain good results and the
unfavorable conditions that have emerged, we hope that they
will go away. On the international arena we hope that Iran will
be able to have good ties."

Salehi confirmed Iran was ready to return to talks with the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany
(P5+1) at a time and place agreed by both sides.

He said the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who heads the P5+1 delegation, had suggested to Turkey that it host
the talks and that Ankara had agreed.

Reuters
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