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Ahmadinejad stresses further talks on nuclear issue

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :8911-17641

EHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said there is no other way but further talks on Iran's nuclear issue.

"I think there is no other way but further negotiation on the country's nuclear subject," he said in a televised speech on Tuesday night when asked whether more dialogues would be constructive or not.

"There is no other way but cooperation and we need talks to reach cooperation. We have always said that we are ready for talks and we have never evaded it."

He called Istanbul talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany "good" and said, "we should not expect that all issues be settled only in one session. Some issues are complex and need further talks."

"The two sides talked in Istanbul and I believe that talks should focus reaching a positive result. We want to hold talks for friendship and cooperation not to hostility."

He also continued the West's sanctions against Iran have failed to cripple the country's economy.

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