Iran's Ahmedinejad offers Obama public debate

Iran will continue its nuclear work, President Ahmadinejad said.

Iran's Ahmedinejad offers Obama public debate

Iran will continue its nuclear work and will never negotiate on its obvious rights, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday.

U.S. President Barack Obama has given the Islamic Republic until later in September to take up a six powers' offer of talks on trade benefits if it shelves nuclear enrichment, or face harsher sanctions.

"From our view point our nuclear issue is finished," Ahmadinejad told a news conference.

"We will continue our work in the framework of global regulations and in close cooperation with the (U.N.) International Atomic Energy Agency. We will never negotiate on the Iranian nation's obvious rights," he said.

He said Iran, which plans to present its own package of proposals to world powers, was ready to negotiate and cooperate on making peaceful use of clean nuclear energy available for all countries and in preventing the spread of nuclear arms.

"We are prepared to sit down to hold talks," Ahmadinejad said. "We have always been and always will be ready for negotiations and for hearing opinions."

"We haven't heard anyone set a deadline for talks. Cooperation based on respect and justice is contradictory to setting a deadline," he said.

He also said he was prepared to hold a public debate with Obama, who offered a new U.S. approach to Iran when he took office.

"We believe this is the best way for solving global issues," Ahmadinejad said.
Iran has said nuclear arms have no place in its defence doctrine and called on the United States and other countries with such weapons to dismantle them.

Israel has not denied having nuclear weapons, but has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.

However, Israel often threatens Iran an attack over its nuclear sites.

But, the United Nations Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran since 2006, targeting Iranian companies and individuals linked to the nuclear programme.


Agencies

Last Mod: 07 Eylül 2009, 14:33
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