Ahmadinejad says talks with West to be delayed
Iran's president on Monday said Tehran will retaliate if its cargo ships come under inspection and that it will delay resuming nuclear talks to "teach the West the custom of talking to our nation." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a Monday press conference that his country would be prepared to hold talks with Western countries only by the second half of the holy month of Ramadan -- in September.
"Negotiations will be delayed as a punishment to teach them a lesson to know how to have a dialogue with nations," Ahmadinejad stressed. The Iranian leader said that Tehran would return to talks only if certain conditions are met.
According to him, Western countries should announce their stance on Israeli "bombs" and say whether they abide by the regulations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). "They should also say what they mean by dialogue. Do they want to be our friends or our enemies?"
Ahmadinejad said Iran would also seek the inclusion of Brazil and Turkey in the nuclear fuel swap negotiations with the United States, France and Russia.