Obama: Iran can have nuclear program
In a message to Iran's supreme leader, the president of the United States Barack Obama said Tehran could have a civilian nuclear program provided they do not seek nuclear weapons, reported the Washington Post.
"President Obama told Iran that the U.S. would accept an Iranian civilian nuclear program if the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can support his recent public statement that his country would never seek atomic weapons," said the report.
The newspaper said that this message was sent to Mr. Khamenei through the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who paid a visit to Tehran last week.
"A few days before traveling to Iran, Erdogan had a two-hour meeting with Obama in Seoul, during which they discussed what Mr. Erdogan would tell the Ayatollah on the nuclear issue and Syria," said the report.
During this meeting, Obama told Erdogan that Iran should realize that the time to find a peaceful solution is limited and that Tehran should seize the current window of negotiations, according to the Post.
However, Obama did not say whether Iran would be allowed to enrich uranium at the national level and this issue is obviously difficult to resolve in the next discussions between Iran and six world powers, according the report.
The report added that Erdogan would have conveyed the message to Mr. Obama when they met Khamenei in Iran.
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