Iran on Thursday spurned a U.S. offer of direct talks on its nuclear program as major world powers sought agreement on incentives to coax it to scrap potentially weapons-related atomic work.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran was open to talks with Washington, which severed ties with Tehran in 1980, but rejected a U.S. condition it stop enriching uranium first.
“We will not give up our nation’s natural right (to enrichment), we will not hold talks over it. But we are ready to hold talks over mutual concerns,” Mottaki said in Tehran.
How long until Greg Djerejian, speaking for the Dawsonites in MSM and the blogosphere, demands the U.S. drop preconditions in the interest of dialogue?