Iran's president said Thursday that his country is ready to talk nukes (er, we mean "nuclear power") with the West, but not without a fair share of postering to start. Various news outlets report that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has indicated that "Iran is ready to sit down with world powers for talks on its nuclear program as he brushed off the harmful effect of newly imposed sanctions" (as the AFP puts it). But as the AP has it, Ahmadinejad can't seem to signal Iran's willingness to talk to the West amid heavy European and American sanctions with first dissing it. "It is you who come up with excuses each time and issue resolutions on the verge of talks so that negotiations collapse," he said during a speech. "Why should we shun talks? Why and how should a party that has logic and is right shun talks? It is evident that those who resort to coercion are opposed to talks and always bring pretexts and blame us instead."
Ahmadinejad's comments come off the heels of one of his cabinet members expressing that a similar interest in open negotiations, specifically with Germany and the five member of the U.N. Security Council, which, for better or worse, includes Russia and China, two nations much cozier with Iran than the U.S. is. But in further mixing of signals, we also learn today that Iranian parliament is scheduled to debate whether to immediately cut off oil shipments to Europe in retaliation for those sanctions, as Dow Jones reports. With Ahmadinejad adding that "experience has shown that [the] Iranian nation will not be hurt" by European sanctions, it sounds like new Western-Iranian talks could fail like the ones that reached a stalemate in January 2011.
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