Iran still 'hopeful' nuclear talks will continue
IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday Iran hoped to resume talks with world powers on its nuclear programme, a day after discussions ended in stalemate with no clear agreement to meet again.
An Iranian official was quoted as saying Tehran could revive talks on a fuel exchange deal moving some enrichment overseas. But he said only Russia needed to take part. French participation foreseen by an earlier, tentative pact was unnecessary.
Two days of talks with the US, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain ended without progress on Saturday, with the group's lead negotiator, the European Union's Catherine Ashton, saying no further meeting was scheduled.
"If the other party is determined and committed to law, justice and respect, there is hope that in the next sessions good results would be achieved," Mr Ahmadinejad said.
Mr Ahmadinejad spoke as if it were understood the talks would resume.
"In the upcoming meetings there will be good agreements made, provided the two parties remain committed to the spirit of the talks," he said.
He blamed Israel and its allies in the West for the lack of progress. "Uncultured Zionists and some people in America and Europe are hopeful the issues remain unresolved."
The talks, held in the Turkish city of Istanbul, were meant to address Iran's dispute with countries that feared it may be developing nuclear weapons.