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Iran Says It's Willing To Discuss Nuclear Program

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (RFE/RL) February 11, 2007 -- Iran says it wants talks to resolve its nuclear dispute with the West, but insists it will not suspend uranium-enrichment activities.

In a speech in Tehran today, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad also said Iran will cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA.

Earlier, Iran announced it has allowed the IAEA to install surveillance cameras at its underground nuclear facility at Natanz.

In Munich, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, told a security conference that all outstanding issues with the IAEA on monitoring Iran's nuclear program could be settled in a few weeks.

However, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Ahmadinejad's offer of talks while continuing uranium-enrichment work is "totally unacceptable."

Iran has refused to give in to international demands that it suspend uranium enrichment, which the West fears could be used to make a nuclear bomb.

(compiled from agency reports)

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