Iran's Ahmadinejad dismisses threat of new sanctions

Ahmadinejad dismissed on Thursday any threat of new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Iran's Ahmadinejad dismisses threat of new sanctions
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed on Thursday any threat of new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

"No one can impose any sanctions on Iran any longer," the president was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

IRNA also cited him as saying that Iran "welcomes all issues (for discussion) but we are more focused on our proposed package", referring to proposals to world powers which Iranian officials have talked about for several months.

The ISNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying Iran had presented its package, without elaborating whether this meant it had already been submitted to the six powers -- the United States, France, Russia, Britain, China and Germany.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was quoted by state television on Tuesday as saying Iran was ready to talk to the major powers and that Tehran had prepared "an updated nuclear proposal", without giving any details of its content.

"I will announce further details in this regard next Monday," the president added, referring to his press conference scheduled for September 7.

On Wednesday, Germany hosted a meeting of senior officials from the six powers to discuss Iran's nuclear programme.

Volker Stanzel, political director in the German foreign ministry, said after the meeting:

"With reference to Dr Jalili's statement this week that Iran is ready to resume talks, I expect Iran to respond to the offer of talks (made) in April by agreeing to meet before (the) UNGA (U.N. General Assembly)," Stanzel said.

Tehran says it wants only to master atomic technology to generate electricity and has ruled out freezing its work on uranium enrichment, denied Western accusations over nuclear bomb plans

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Last Mod: 04 Eylül 2009, 12:17
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