Iran wants win-win solution in N-talks: FM

Nuclear Program Materials 22 July 2011 11:16 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan , Baku, July 22 /Trend D.Khatinoglu /

Iranian Foriegn Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran would like to have a win-win solution with West countries over this nuclear program.

Salehi underlined in an interview with Iran state agency IRNA that the West countries can start negotiations [with Iran] if they believe the win-win principles.

"Carrot and stick p olicy never works, but the pressure tempers Iran," said Salehi.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a step-by-step approach should be used to end international doubts over Iran's nuclear program.

Lavrov said every time Tehran satisfactorily answered a question or concern of the IAEA, it should be rewarded, including freezing some sanctions and shortening the volume of sanctions.

Lavrov was speaking after talks in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who did not directly address Lavrov's offer, but said Washington remains committed to a "dual track of pressure and engagement" on Iran.

However, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refuted Russian "step-by-step" proposal saying "We took our step already by full cooperating with IAEA," on Tuesday.

Tehran says is ready to restart talks with the five permanent Security Council members and Germany but only after its right to enrich uranium is recognized.

Talks in Geneva in December, 2010 and Istanbul in January, 2011 between the six powers and Iran failed to make headway.

Some Western countries fear Iran is using its nuclear program to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Iran strongly denies. UN Security Council has imposed four rounds of economic sanctions against Iran's disputed nuclear program so far.