Monday, August 15, 2005

Ahmadinejad ready for more nuclear talks despite ‘insult’

Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad described a European Union offer of nuclear cooperation with the Islamic republic as an “insult” but said he was still ready to carry on negotiations with the bloc.

Accusing Europe of “living in the last century”, Ahmadinejad said he wanted talks that are teetering on collapse following Tehran’s decision to resume uranium conversion activities to continue, but with different proposals.

“We are ready to continue the negotiations with the Europeans. I have initiatives and new propositions that I am going to announce after my government is formed,” the student agency ISNA quoted the new president as telling UN chief Kofi Annan in a telephone conversation on Monday.

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