Iran has rejected talks on its nuclear programme.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that his country will continue its controversial nuclear work. He says Iran will never negotiate on what he calls its obvious rights. The recently reelected hardline leader says Iran plans to present its own package of proposals to world powers and is ready to negotiate and cooperate on the peaceful use of clean nuclear energy for all countries. The West suspects Iran of trying to build nuclear bombs. The dispute over its nuclear programme centres in particular on the Islamic republic’s failure to declare sensitive enrichment and reprocessing activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Enrichment can be used to produce uranium for reactor fuel or for weapons. US President Barack Obama has given Iran until later this month to take up a six powers’ offer of talks on trade benefits if it abandons its nuclear enrichment programme.