February 16th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Iranian President Ahmadinejad sends letter offering to resume nuke talks

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is offering to resume talks over its nuclear program as soon as possible, according to a copy of a letter he sent to the European Union and obtained by CNN.

Iran flaunted a new generation of centrifuges and mastery of the nuclear fuel cycle on Wednesday as Ahmadinejad, clad in a white lab coat, was on hand to load domestically made fuel rods into the core of a Tehran reactor.

Iran boasts nuclear progress

Also announced was an intent to start production of yellowcake, a chemically treated form of uranium ore used for making enriched uranium.

United Nations sanctions ban Iran from importing yellowcake. Domestic production would further Iran's nuclear self-sufficiency.

In a speech outlining the latest developments, Ahmadinejad said Iran was willing to share its nuclear knowledge with other nations that subscribe to the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


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  1. cregis

    So the Iranians have learned from the North Koreans. Blackmail with nukes, get paid and then do it all over again.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDavis

      Nuclear blackmail is going around. Israel is blackmailing us with the threat of its Samson Option.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      Who knows how much a r s e n a l they have. Of course if the IAEA were allowed to go in an inspect Iseal, we would know.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kyle

    I'm sure the U.S. and Israel will still find a reason to bomb them.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Such as, failing to allow IAEA inspectors full access to the facility once they arrive, then expelling them from the country. You know, like they've done before.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • please....

      I agree. This nuke stuff is all an excuse. Just like the WMDs Iraq had

      February 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 28mAmerican

    Too late buddy. You are a reckless threat to the free world . The iaea came this month and failed. Now no more posturing and playing the game. Now I support a stronger approach. Enough games , hit them and hit them hard while they are at disadvantage and release the world from this tyranny.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phyllis

    Don't trust him.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jim

    I know a good place to dump America's nuclear waste.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Ahmadinejad has always stated that uranium enrichment was always off the table for discussions, but he would discuss other topics. Does that mean that enrichment to 90% if also off the table?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. doubler

    Classic Iranian stall tactics...distract the world with talks that always go nowhere, while still continuing their nuclear program. Amazing that the West still falls for this crap.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDavis

      Since the world isn't upholding their end of the Non-Proliferation treaty, Iran isn't bound by it anymore.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      JDavis: That's a dumb thing to say! As long as there is one country doing something stupid then is is OK for the rest of the world to act the same? By that logic not one ship on the high seas would be safe from pirates. I think you ought to rethink your logic as far as what is acceptable behavior and what is not!

      February 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cullenpest

    The old shell game. Give a little to drop tensions so they have more time to make their bomb.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevenm

      Good Name and so true!

      February 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hippediva

    Tell him to take his nukes and stick them up his Ayatollah.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cyrus

    So our foreign policy of putting a lot of pressure on Iran through the international bodies DID work? And Eric Cantor & Co. were wrong to begin the drum roll over attacking Iran? So, Iran did come back to the table and agreed to follow IAEA rules? Must be a bad day to be a chicken hawk.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fast Fred

    Lift no sanctions..while talking. It's the stall game again.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ILuvIran

    Today he sends his assassins around the world to bomb with conventional devices. Tomorrow those assassins will be carrying non-conventional devices.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 2/8

    This is a big step, now don't screw it up by puffing out your chest and wagging your finger Obama.....

    February 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andreas Moser

    This is the 26th offer for such talks.
    Oddly, as soon as the talks start, the Iranians always get up and leave the table.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frisian

    If we are not careful we risk being blind sided by this regime. It's all nice to talk however with this guy you can talk until the cows come home. The intentions have been made clear. He along with the religious clerics want to destroy Israel and the USA (Western free world), create a major world wide calamity in order to bring about the end of the world. This all based on his speeches at the UN and many media statements. The regime is following their religious convictions which make them the most dangerous regime in the world today. Talk is cheap! Prove it once and for all or else you know what comes next. My prayer is that a peaceful solution can be negotiated however if Iran shows anything other than what they claim is for peaceful reasons then they will be the recipients of what they want to do to others. Warning DO NOT MESS WITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL! History is enough proof of that!

    February 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @frisian: yeah, the jews have had it nice, protected by their god and all..

      February 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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