Foreign Minister says Tehran ready to cooperate if U.S. changes attitude
Iran would be willing to work with the U.S. on a range of issues, including its nuclear activities, if administration officials "change their approach and bring in a new environment for cooperation," a top Iranian official told The Washington Post.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said in an interview published on Thursday that his government was willing to sign an amendment to its nuclear proliferation agreement that would provide for unannounced inspections and enhanced safeguards.
The United States, for its part, would have to make it clear that signing the additional protocol would end the debate over Iran's nuclear intentions, Kharrazi added.
"We want to make sure the additional protocol would be enough and would solve the problem," Kharrazi told the Post.
"We don't have anything to hide because we do not have a program for producing nuclear weapons. Therefore, we are ready to be quite transparent. But we cannot let others deny our rights," he said.
"But if they (the Americans) change their minds, if they change their approach and bring in a new environment for cooperation, we would be ready to work with Americans and cooperate," he added. (Albawaba.com)
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