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Iran says it is open to nuclear weapons discussion

Iran's leader is telling The Associated Press that he expects open discussion of nuclear issues at a planned meeting with officials from the US and five other powers.

world Updated: Sep 26, 2009 11:09 IST

Iran's leader is telling The Associated Press that he expects open discussion of nuclear issues at a planned meeting with officials from the US and five other powers.

In an interview yesterday evening at his hotel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made clear, however, that Iran is not interested in discussing pressure to restrain its nuclear program, which he said is not intended to produce nuclear weapons.

The Oct 1 meeting with the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain is to be the first of its kind since President Barack Obama took office.

The Iranian leader said Tehran will push for international nuclear disarmament and expanded opportunities for all countries including his own to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes.