Ahmadinejad open to more talks

AFP , Sunday 23 Jan 2011

Opening rounds of discussions in Istanbul yield no results

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Reuters)

Iran is open to holding further talks with world powers over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after the failure of the latest round of dialogue.

"They have talked for a few rounds, but we never expected that issues would be resolved during these few sessions because of the record and mentality of the other parties," the hardliner said in a speech aired live on state television from the nothern city of Rasht.

"But if the other side is determined and committed to justice, law and respect, one can hope that suitable results could be achieved in future sessions."

Talks held in Istanbul on Friday and Saturday between Iran and the six world powers, Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany, failed to yield results.

The dialogue was aimed at ascertaining whether Iran's contentious nuclear programme masks a weapons drive as suspected by the West, but staunchly denied by the Islamic republic.

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