Iran’s foreign minister has said that the Islamic Republic will be ready for talks with the U.S. and other world powers on its nuclear program within a month.
“We think that the end of October or early November is a good time for talks between Iran and the P5+1,” Manouchehr Mottaki said, as reported by Iran Press TV. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — America, China, France, and the United Kingdom — plus Germany have been pressuring Iran to come to the table on its nulcear program, which Terhan claims is for energy purposes.
Mottaki said the exact date of talks, the level of talks and a venue for discussions are being negotiated, Mehr News Agency reported.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Statff Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview published Friday that he believed Iran was on a path to achieving nuclear weapons capability but said he was concerned about the consequences of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“So, I am a big supporter of the (approach of) diplomacy-dialogue-sanctions and international pressure,” Mullen told the Christian Science Monitor. “Iran is in a part of the world that is not very stable. And to continue on the path that I believe they are on, which is to achieve nuclear weapons capability on the one hand, or (provoke) some kind of strike on the other, would result in significant conflict.
“The consequences, known and unknown, are extremely serious,” he added.
Iran has repeatedly said that the sanctions levied against its country over the nuclear program have not had a negative effect. “After these sanctions we are a much stronger country,” Iran’s Finance Minister Shamseddin Hosseini said Friday on the sidelines of International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington, according to Agence France-Presse.
He acknowledged that the sanctions “cause some kind of problems for us.”
“The world is big and the people who are trading [with us] find ways to transfer money,” Hosseini said.
Iran’s first nuclear plant is expected to be fully loaded with fuel by mid-November.