Iran rules out conditions to talks: Salehi

DUBAI Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:55pm EDT

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi addresses the 19th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva February 27, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi addresses the 19th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva February 27, 2012.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would not agree to world powers imposing pre-conditions ahead of the resumption of nuclear talks later this week, Iranian media reported on Monday.

"Setting conditions before the meeting means drawing conclusions, which is completely meaningless and none of the parties will accept conditions set before the talks," the Iranian parliamentary news agency quoted him as saying.

U.S. officials say that getting Iran to suspend high-level uranium enrichment and close a nuclear facility built deep under a mountain near the holy city of Qom are priorities for the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, which are set to resume in Istanbul on Saturday.

"These issues have been raised by the media and we cannot base our judgment on those concerns reflected by media coverage," Salehi added.

He said the Iranian negotiating team would ignore those reports and defend its position in the talks.

"We have our opinions and the P5+1 have theirs but we have to find common areas."

The United States and its allies hope to be able to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program which they suspect is being used to covertly develop a nuclear weapons capability.

Iran maintains its activities are entirely peaceful and has so far refused to suspend enriching uranium.

(Reporting By Marcus George)

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So, the Israelis piled on some last minute impossible pre-conditions and the US is going along with whatever Netanyahu demands. It’s a set-up.

The war-mongering Israelis are looking for any excuse to start another holy war in the region, they just might get what they wish….the Iranians would be foolish to concede everything before the talks get underway, as Israel is demanding.

Israel is setting the bar high, so that Iran will not comply and another war will result…a war that the USA will be sucked into, at Israel’s behest. Israel is not finished with Uncle Sam just yet, the Jews have a great deal more work for the weary old man to do.

Making the world safe for apartheid Zionism in Palestine is a full time, 24/7, job….no time off….back to work, Goyim!

Apr 09, 2012 6:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Any attack upon Iran, by Israel, would likely result in a doubling of the price of crude oil as supplies through the Gulf would almost certainly be obstructed. Crude at $200-300 would mean a doubling of petrol/gas at the pumps that would affect everyone with a car, and everyone without a car, as food and commodity prices would escalate due to increased transport costs. Such increases would adversely affect the global economy, drive down stock markets and increase unemployment – with the exception only of manufacturers of military equipment and, of course, those living in Israel.

In such a possible scenario, Israel would have to withstand the anger of millions of consumers and workers in Europe and around the world, directed at the state responsible for such economic disruption and damage to jobs and family income. Israel and others should consider most carefully before taking any irretrievable action that could backfire with an intensity that could cause immense economic and political damage upon themselves.

Apr 09, 2012 7:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ben-noon wrote:
your comment would be more interesting if it contained any kind of evidence to your claims or even related to the article.
- the article doesnt mention anything about israeli demands
- israel didnt start any or the wars in the area. yet they are being shelled daily. lets see how long you would sit tight and accept rockets landing in your civilian neighbourhood daily.
- the palesstiens doesnt have any historic relations to the land any more than you and me. they were driven out of the surrounding middle eastern countries. so why do they all of a sudden deserve land in israel?
with that said, palestinians deserve to be able to live peacefully in teh region, just like israel does

Apr 09, 2012 7:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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