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Mon Feb 13, 2012, 03:19 PM

Iran Hosts Chinese Envoy, Says Ready For Nuclear Talks [View all]

Tehran - Iran is ready to hold nuclear talks with world powers but will not tolerate undue pressure from them, Iran's chief negotiator said Monday after holding talks with China's deputy foreign minister, Ma Zhaoxu.

'Talks on the basis of pressure will not yield any results, but we need to hold the talks in a way that both sides end up in a win-win situation,' Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator, Ali Baqeri, was quoted by state television network IRIB as saying.

While Tehran says it is ready to resume nuclear talks with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, it insists it will not accept their main demand - a temporary suspension in uranium enrichment until the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme has been proven.

'We do not want to give in to any pressure, but have our own initiative in the talks,' Baqeri said, without providing further details on what such Iranian initiatives might be.



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