Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his government does not oppose negotiating with Western powers about its nuclear program but also wants them to change what he calls their “foul” behavior toward Iran.
Speaking Thursday on a visit to the southern province of Kerman, Ahmadinejad accused the West of creating obstacles to negotiations. Iran and six world powers held their last round of nuclear talks one year ago and have been unable to agree on terms to renew them.
The European Union approved a phased ban on Iranian oil imports this week as part of a Western campaign to pressure Iran into stopping sensitive nuclear activities. The EU and the United States accuse Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon capability under cover of a civilian energy program, a charge Tehran denies.
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