(TEHRAN, Iran) — With his country facing even harsher economic sanctions and wider international condemnation, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Tehran was ready to get back to the negotiating table with six countries in an effort to settle the ongoing stalemate regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
But the Iranian leader’s words came with plenty of caveats that have wound up as deal-breakers in the past.
As he’s done before, Ahmadinejad told the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany that they need to be willing to compromise, which likely means Iran won’t give up its uranium enrichment project, regarded as the most crucial step in developing nuclear weapons.
He also offered no timetable or other particulars about restarting talks, which makes the U.S. and its allies suspicious that Iran is simply buying more time to push ahead with its nuclear ventures that it claims are only for peaceful purposes.
The last time the two sides attempted talks was more than a year ago and there have been no negotiations since January 2011.
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