Iran is attempting to reverse its increasing international isolation by offering to revive nuclear talks.
It has written to the EU countries which led the negotiations that broke down in August.
However a breakthrough seems unlikely as the European Union is adamant that no further talks are possible until Tehran suspends uranium reprocessing – something that the Iranian foreign ministry ruled out today.
A spokesman said the country reserved the right to continue the sensitive activities as part of a peaceful nuclear energy programme.
Iran’s position weakened further after the collapse of the talks when the hardline president called for Israel to be wiped off the map.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments – made just before nationwide pro-Palestinian demonstrations – caused an international outcry and led some leaders to wonder what he would do if he actually possessed nuclear missiles.