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Iran says nuclear talks "under pressure" doomed to fail

(Xinhua)

13:11, March 08, 2012

TEHRAN, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday that future nuclear talks between Iran and the world's major powers would end without any productive result if "the West continues to put Iran under pressure," local satellite Press TV reported.

"If they (the West) seek to go with their previous course of action and try to force concessions under pressure, negotiations will yield no results," Larijani was quoted as saying.

The Iranian speaker meanwhile reiterated that Iran is not after nuclear bombs, according to the report.

The six world powers that used to engage in Iranian nuclear talks have accepted an Iranian offer to revive negotiations after months of stalemate, the European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Ashton said she received a letter in February from Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who said Tehran wanted to reopen negotiations with the six powers -- three EU countries of France, Britain and Germany plus China, Russia and the United States.

Ashton said she had accepted on behalf of the six countries the offer to resume talks in her reply to Jalili's letter, but the date and venue for the talks are yet to be decided.

"We hope that Iran will now enter a sustained process of constructive dialogue which will deliver real progress in resolving the international community's long-standing concerns on its nuclear program," she said.

Meanwhile, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Ali-Asghar Khaji urged the West to attend the next round of nuclear talks with more initiatives, Press TV reported on Wednesday.

"We hope Western negotiating sides will promote innovation in upcoming talks," Khaji said Tuesday in a meeting with Swedish Deputy Foreign Minister Frank Belfrage in Stockholm.

The West's efforts to exert pressure on the Iranian nation through unilateral sanctions are contrary to key principles of human rights, Khaji said, adding that, such moves, however, will have no impact on the will of the Iranian nation to pursue their absolute rights.

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