In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office and taken on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech under a portrait of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman says his country is ready to show flexibility at nuclear talks to ease Western concerns over Tehran's contentious nuclear program.
The remarks by Ramin Mehmanparast, published by the official IRNA news agency Saturday, underscore Iran's push to resume talks with world powers as Western sanctions squeeze the economy tighter and the European Union weighs a boycott of Iranian natural gas.
The five members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany and Iran, aim to resume high-level talks that were suspended in June. The countries want the Islamic Republic to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent purity because at that level the material can be quickly turned into fuel for nuclear weapons.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader says his country will defeat a combination of sanctions, military threats and "soft wars" launched by enemies aimed at weakening Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks come as tensions mount in the standoff between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program following the toughening of Western sanctions this summer in response to the Islamic Republic's refusal to halt uranium enrichment.
His comments to a large group of people in the town of Esfarayen in northeast Iran were broadcast Saturday on state TV.
The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapon, a charge Tehran denies.