Tehran, 23 Rabiul Awwal 1434/4 February 2013 (MINA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran ready for nuclear talks with the United States, as long as the country has ‘fair and real intentions’, as well as it’s not a forbidden zone.
“This is not a forbidden zone. This is not a red line when it comes to holding bilateral talks on particular subjects. Here I mean the nuclear issue,” Salehi told Press TV on Sunday (3/1).
“We looked at it positively. I think this is a good overture, But we will have to wait a little bit longer to see if their gesture is this time a real gesture, so that we will be making our decisions likewise,” Salehi said.
Speaking at the 49th annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, Biden said Washington is ready to hold direct talks with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
“I would like to say that these are good signs…. We are a rational government and we look into resolving all outstanding international issues through negotiation,” Salehi added.
The Iranian minister said Tehran does not consider holding “bilateral talks” with the US off-limits, citing negotiations the two states have already held on Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Iranian minister, however, stated that the US should stop sending “contradictory signals” to the Islamic Republic, according to PressTv reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Monday.
The US, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with Washington and the European Union having imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic over the allegation.
Iran refutes the allegation and argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. (T/P03/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)