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Ahmadinejad: Iran's nuclear dispute should be resolved by direct Tehran-Washington talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bali, Indonesia, Nov 8, IRNA -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran's nuclear program has been politicized and the dispute should be resolved by direct talks between Iran and the United States.

President Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a press conference with foreign media on the sidelines of the fifth Democracy Forum in Bali, Indonesia.

He said that all member states of the IAEA and even those involved in G5+1 talks say explicitly that Iran should resolve the issue through talks with the United Sates.

The president invited all nuclear scientists to inspect Iran's nuclear sites to observe that there is no weapons program inside Iran.

"We have declared that the official representatives from other states can inspect Iran's nuclear sites as Iran is the only country in the world which has opened the door of its nuclear sites to the world media," said the Iranian president.

Criticizing the weak performance of the IAEA, he expressed regret that the international agency is operating under influence of colonial policies dictated by Washington.

He said that to resolve the issue there is no need for interference of any other new organization and in case the US administration amends its approach, it will be to the benefit of the government and nation, so that the issue will be resolved.

IAEA for several times has inspected Iran's nuclear facilities and for many times has declared that there is no sign of nuclear bomb in Iran's nuclear sites but the body failed to issue any report on disarmament of US as they are under influence of the nuclear weapons states, he said.

On direct talks between Iran and US, the Iranian president said, "We believe in friendly relations between nations and governments and Iran welcomes any relations based on justice and mutual respect."

"It should be investigated that who and why severed ties with Iran 33 years ago."

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1031461

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