Iran "patient" about resuming nuclear talks, Ahmadinejad says
Iran would still be prepared to talk to the Western powers about its nuclear programme after the end of Ramadan in August, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday, DPA reported.
"We are patient as far resuming talks is concerned, and for the time being just watch their futile political ballyhoo," he said in a televised speech from Qazvin in north-western Iran.
But he said the United Nations-imposed sanctions would not cause Iran to delay its nuclear programme, he said.
Ahmadinejad said it would "only make us happy because our Iranian experts will be encouraged to compensate the gap and produce the sanctioned items by themselves."
He also warned the West against relying on political dissent within Iran.
"We are like a family which might have minor differences but when it comes to threats from outside, this family will completely come together again," he said.
Iran insists on its right to pursue peaceful nuclear development and rejects Western accusations that it has been working on a secret weapons programme.