US accepts talks with Iran, insists focus on nuclear program

The White House insisted Saturday that international talks with Iran should focus on the country's nuclear program.

US accepts talks with Iran, insists focus on nuclear program

The White House insisted Saturday that international talks with Iran should focus on the country's nuclear program.

"This may not have been a topic that they wanted to be brought up but I can assure that it's a topic that we'll bring up," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on Air Force One as President Barack Obama traveled to talk about his healthcare initiative.

The United States said on Friday it would accept Iran's offer of wide-ranging talks with major powers.

Gibbs said, "That's what the focus from our side will be in these talks and that's our goal."

Six major powers -- the permanent U.N. Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, as well as Germany -- offered Iran trade and diplomatic incentives in 2006 in exchange for a halt to uranium enrichment.

Iran on Wednesday handed over a five-page proposal that offered wide-ranging talks with the West.

A day after the Obama administration said that it and five partner nations had accepted Iran's offer for talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that "should conditions be ripe, there is a possibility of talks about the nuclear issue."

"We think this gives us an avenue to directly address the Iranians, what we think their responsibilities are, to put pressure on them throughout the international community and strengthen our hand as we move forward," Gibbs said.

However, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated its position on Sunday, saying Iran will not negotiate about its nuclear rights, .


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