Ahmadinejad Holds Press Conference

UNITED NATIONS — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that his nation would negotiate suspending its nuclear enrichment “under fair and just conditions,” but declined to give a timeframe on when that might happen.

“If they recognize that we too as a nation have rights and that they too recognize international law, well then, many things are possible,” Ahmadinejad said.

Speaking at a hastily called press conference at the United Nations, Ahmadinejad insisted his country had cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency and that the nation’s nuclear program was so transparent, even farmers and students could visit the nuclear facilities. He challenged the United States to do the same.

His statements were, of course, filled with the obvious political rhetoric and jockying that is expected. This doesn’t seem like much, but it at least shows a continued move towards diplomacy from both sides. However, this “negotiation” for suspension of nuclear enrichment will likely be pretty loaded and I doubt the U.S. will be willing to budge very much considering suspension of nuclear enrichment is their prerequisite for talks. And by the way Ahmadinejad, no thank you, I’ll have to pass on visiting any of your nuclear facilities anytime soon.

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