Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran will seek common ground with the United States and five other world powers that have proposed incentives for Tehran to freeze its nuclear enrichment program.
NBC also said Ahmadinejad believes the oil market is overvalued in part because of manipulation.
Speaking in an interview conducted in Iran with NBC News less than a week before a deadline for its reply to the incentives package, Ahmadinejad also said progress toward agreement would depend on the sincerity of a new U.S. shift in its approach to Tehran.
"They submitted a package and we responded by submitting our own package," Ahmadinejad said through an interpreter in an excerpt of the NBC interview aired on Monday.
"It's very natural. In the first steps, we are going to negotiate over the common ground as they exist inside the two packages. If the two parties succeed in agreeing over the common ground, that will help us to work on our differences as well, to reach an agreement."
On Monday, Ahmadinejad told NBC: "The main question here is whether this approach is a continuation of the old approach or is it a totally new approach.
"If this is the continuation of the old process, the Iranian people need to defend their right, its interests as well," he said. "But if the approach changes, we will be facing a new situation and the response by the Iranian people will be a positive one."
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