Iran Signals Willingness to Work With US

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2009 10:43 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Iran's Fuel Manufacturing Plant (FMP), a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Iran's president said today he is willing to build a new relationship with the United States, adding that he is preparing new proposals aimed at breaking the impasse with the West over his country's nuclear program. "The Iranian nation is a generous nation," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally. "It may forget the past and start a new era, but any country speaking on the basis of selfishness will get the same response the Iranian nation gave to Mr. Bush."

Ahmadinejad spoke a day after the Obama administration said its immediate goal is to get Iran back to nuclear negotiations. "Today we are preparing a new package. Once it becomes ready, we will present that package," Ahmadinejad said. "It is a package that constitutes peace and justice throughout the globe and also respects other nations' rights." He reminded the US that "you can't make any progress through bullying policies."