Iran: Ahmadinejad offers new package to break nuclear weapons impasse

April 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Iran’s hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that he is preparing new proposals aimed at breaking the deadlock with the West over his country’s nuclear program, and that he is willing to build a new relationship with the United States.

Ahmadinejad took an unusually conciliatory tone during a speech in the southeastern city of Kerman saying that he is preparing the new package and it would be presented when it was ready, the official I.R.N.A. news agency reported reported.

“The Iranian nation is a generous nation. It may forget the past and start a new era, but any country speaking on the basis of selfishness will get the same response the Iranian nation gave to Mr. Bush,”  told thousands in the audience.

The Iranian leader warned during his speech on that Washington should adopt a respectful tone towards Iran. “The Iranian nation might forget the past and start a new era,” he said, in what appeared to be a reference to Iran’s accusations that United States has meddled in its affairs in the past.

He spoke a day after the Obama administration said its immediate goal is to get Iran back to nuclear negotiations. Breaking with the past policy of shunning direct talks with Tehran, Washington last week said that it would join discussions with Iran on its disputed nuclear program. Those talks would include Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

The Obama administration and its European allies are considering dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran shut down its nuclear facilities during the early phases of any negotiations.


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