Iran president tells US to correct its attitude

Associated Press
In this picture released by the Egyptian Presidency, Mohammed Morsi, right, embraces Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, at the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Iran's president on Wednesday offered to help rescue Egypt's failing economy with a "big credit line," another sign of improving relations between two regional powers after a freeze of more than three decades. Ahmadinejad made the proposal during the first trip to Egypt by an Iranian leader since 1979. It came at a time when his own economy is staggering from the effects of Western sanctions over Iran's suspect nuclear development program, and it was unclear how he could spare funds or credit for his new ally. (AP Photo/ Egyptian Presidency)
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CAIRO (AP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country cannot hold meaningful talks with the U.S. on Tehran's disputed nuclear program if Washington is threatening his country.

His comments at a news conference in Cairo Thursday echoed those of Iran's supreme leader, who said earlier in the day American proposals for direct talks are pointless while Washington is "holding a gun" to Iran through sanctions.

"The reason is clear," Ahmadinejad said. "Talks are held to arrive at an understanding, not to impose anything. Such talks will be meaningless if someone raises a club and imposes" something on Iran, he added.

"Talks are meaningful only if they are based on mutual respect, justice and equality," he said. "Things will be fine if the Americans correct the manner in which they address us."

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