TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today said the United States must change its attitude if it wants to hold direct nuclear talks with Iran, as he hit out at Washington for imposing sanctions on Tehran.
His comments, in a speech marking the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution that ousted the US-backed shah in 1979, came just days after Iran’s supreme leader rejected US Vice President Joe Biden’s call for direct talks.
They also come at a time when Tehran and six world powers are preparing to resume stalled talks over Iran’s nuclear programme in the Kazakh city of Almaty on February 26.
Last week Biden made a ‘serious offer’ for direct talks in the framework of negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) on Tehran’s nuclear programme which world powers suspect is aimed at making atomic weapons.
Iran vehemently denies the allegation.