Published on BBCnews, January 26, 2012.
Iran is ready to revive talks over its nuclear programme but tougher sanctions will not force it to give into Western demands, its president has said. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said it was evident that “those who resort to coercion are opposed to talks”.
On Monday, the EU banned new oil contracts with Iran, saying it was not confident Tehran’s nuclear plans were “exclusively peaceful”.
Tehran insists its nuclear programme is for energy purposes.
Negotiations between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany ended in a stalemate in January 2011.
President Ahmadinejad is the highest-ranking Iranian official since then to offer to resume talks … //
… IAEA Iran visit:
Earlier this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog confirmed it would send a team to Iran between 29 and 31 January “to resolve all outstanding substantive issues”.
In a report last November the IAEA said it had information suggesting Iran had carried out tests “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device”.
Iran sells most of its oil to countries in Asia. The EU and the United States are now working to persuade Asian countries to reduce their purchases from Iran as well.
But Beijing has criticised the European Union for its ban. China – a big importer of Iranian crude oil – has long opposed unilateral sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector. It says the nuclear dispute should be resolved through dialogue.
Iran has already threatened to retaliate to the sanctions against it by blocking the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf, through which 20% of the world’s oil exports pass.
The US has said it will keep the trade route open, raising the possibility of a confrontation.
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