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Iran's President Says He's Ready for Nuclear Dialogue


Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he is ready to engage in a dialogue with anyone to settle the nuclear standoff.

Mr. Ahmadinejad spoke to Indonesian television Thursday during a visit to Jakarta.

He called it ridiculous and a double standard for countries with large nuclear arsenals to tell others not to proceed with a peaceful nuclear program.

The United States and much of the West accuses Iran of planning to build a nuclear weapon. Iran denied this.

Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says Iran should back away from what he calls its aggressive posture while Europe prepares incentives for Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.

Mr. Annan said Iran has a responsibility to show the world its intentions are peaceful.

Britain, France, and Germany - which failed to reach a negotiated settlement with Iran - are preparing a package of incentives for Iran to consider.

They plan to present it to Iran within weeks, along with the threat of U.N. sanctions.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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