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Iran ready to resolve nuclear issues, says minister

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that Tehran was ready to resolve all nuclear issues if Western sanctions are lifted. He called for international “goodwill” at the next round of talks in Baghdad next month.

Salehi’s announcement was made following talks in Istanbul at the weekend – the first in a year between Iranian officials and the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

The concession comes after US President Barack Obama called for additional sanctions to be imposed on Iran if there was no breakthrough in talks.

“I’ve been very clear to Iran and to our negotiating partners that we’re not going to have these talks just drag out in a stalling process,” said Obama.

Iran says its nuclear programme is being developed for energy purposes. The West fears Tehran plans to build an atomic bomb. The US and Israel have threatened military strikes on Iran if it doesn’t not stop uranium enrichment. Those threats have caused the price of oil to skyrocket.