Iranian president says talking with Iran is West's only option

08:42, October 18, 2010      

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that West has no option but to talk with Iran over its nuclear program, the local satellite Press TV reported.

"Holding talks with Iran is the best choice for you," Ahmadinejad made the remarks talking to the audience in the northwestern Iranian city of Ardebil. "You have no other option. All the other ways are closed. You know the fact very well."

"They (the West) thought they can weaken the Iranian nation through imposing sanctions and posing threats, but Iranians have shown integrity, convergence and strength," he was quoted as saying.

The Islamic Republic had expressed readiness to hold talks over its nuclear energy program, he added.

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday suggested a new round of talks with Iran next month in Vienna, capital of Austria.

EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton proposed to restore direct meetings with Iran on its nuclear program in mid-November, a spokesperson of her office said.

Dialogues between Iran and the six powers has been halted since October last year. In July this year, European Union foreign ministers endorsed tougher sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, including measures to block oil and gas investment and curtail its refining and natural gas capability.

Source: Xinhua


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