Apr 24 2013

Iran ready to cooperate with West if they are honest: FM

TEHRAN - Iran is ready to cooperate with Western countries if they are sincerely seeking cooperation with the Islamic Republic, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on Tuesday.

Salehi made the remarks in response to U.S. and British officials who have recently said that there is no need for new sanctions measures on Iran before the country's presidential election.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the European Union should focus on implementing its current sanctions against Iran over Tehran's nuclear program rather than imposing new measures for the moment, Reuters reported on Monday.

Hague was speaking days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked for patience from U.S. senators pressing for tougher sanctions over Tehran's nuclear activities, saying there is uncertainty in Iran two months before its June 14 election.

Salehi said, "They have always said that they are ready to have interaction with Iran, and we have also said that the principles of our foreign policy are based on logic, so if this time their readiness to cooperate with Iran has been expressed honestly, we are also ready to cooperate."

Commenting on the process of talks between Iran and world powers about the dispute over the country's nuclear program, Salehi said that the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) has not fulfilled its promises yet, adding that confidence-building steps should be taken in order to pave the way for interaction.

© Tehran Times 2013

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