Ahmadinejad: Iran Ready for Nuke Talks Decision comes amid increasing sanctions By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 26, 2012 8:31 AM CST 6 comments Comments Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks to the press prior upon his arrival at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on January 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Getty Images) (Newser) – A breakthrough in Iran? President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that his country is ready for nuclear talks. The announcement comes amid increasing sanctions against Tehran, but Ahmadinejad says Iran won't be forced to give in to Western demands despite the sanctions. Iran had previously indicated a willingness to engage in new talks with the permanent UN Security Council members and Germany, the AP reports. Tehran will be visited by a nuclear agency team from the UN Saturday.