Iran's state-run television reported Tuesday that Iranian leaders are ready to negotiate with the West over the country's nuclear program. “Iran has prepared an updated nuclear proposal and is ready to resume negotiations with world powers,” said senior nuclear negotiator Said Jalili.
Several world leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, had warned that they would impose harsh economic sanctions on Iran if it continued to refuse dialogue over its nuclear development.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued an announcement Monday warning that world leaders would reevaluate their stance on Iran at a G-20 summit scheduled for late September. “Initiatives must be taken during the month of September which take account of Iran's will to cooperate, or lack thereof,” Sarkozy said.
Iran's new proposal will be pitched to the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia – the five permanent members of the United Nations security council – as well as Germany. The six are meeting to discuss the possibility of harsher sanctions on Iran.
Report: Ahmadinejad to Address GA
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in late September, according to Reuters. Obama will be speaking at the meeting as well.
Ahmadinejad spoke at last year's General Assembly meeting. In his speech, he made virulently anti-Israel remarks, accused America of bullying, and insisted that Iran has the right to nuclear development.