Iran always ready for logical talks, but stands tough against bullies - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tehran's permanent preparedness to hold negotiations with the West under an atmosphere of logic, but meantime reiterated that Iran always stands firm against the military threats and bullying attitude of the US and its allies, FNA reported.
"If you have any logical words, come and say," Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, and continued, "The Iranian nation accepts logical words but if you bring hundreds of other warships (to the region), these people will not bow before you."
"The Iranian nation is not afraid of your bombs, warships and airplanes and does not care about such military weapons," he added, addressing a large number of people in Alborz province near the capital.
Ahmadinejad downplayed certain western countries' rhetoric that all options are on the table against Iran, and said the era of arrogance and colonialism has ended.
His remarks came days after the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) announced in a statement that they are prepared to resume talks with Iran.
The group also expressed the hope that the upcoming talks would contain "serious discussions on concrete confidence building measures."
In the latest developments regarding talks between Iran and six world powers, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a letter to Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili called for the resumption of negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1.
Ashton's letter on Tuesday said that the two sides only had to set a date and a venue for the talks.
The letter proposed an initial round of talks to focus on building confidence by developing concrete steps for the future, saying, "In practical terms...our deputies could get together in the near future in order to prepare for the first round of our resumed talks."
The Iranian foreign minister had said earlier that Iran and the Group 5+1 are still in discussion over the date and venue for the next round of their talks.
Speaking to reporters last Friday, Salehi reminded that Iran has voiced its readiness for talks with the world powers, and that relevant consultations are underway between the two sides.
Salehi added that he personally prefers Turkey as the venue for the next round of talks between Iran and the 5+1, and added, "The date (of negotiations) is not far away and we are waiting for the one or two countries which have voiced their readiness (for the start of talks) to announce their view in the next two to three days."
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announce on Saturday that the next round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 will be held in Istanbul.
Iran and G5+1 attended three rounds of talks in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011.
The Iranian side was presided Jalili, while Catherine Ashton headed delegations from the six world powers.