Iran General News Italy willing to mediate with Iran

Italy willing to mediate with Iran


ImageReuters: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says Italy is willing to be a go-between in international efforts to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

ImageROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says Italy is willing to be a go-between in international efforts to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

"We spoke to the United States, with (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton. We tried to make ourselves helpful," he said in an interview with CNN International, referring to a trip Foreign Minister Franco Frattini was to have made to Tehran last week.

The trip was cancelled at the last minute after Iran demanded Frattini meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the same northern province where Iran launched a missile earlier in the day instead of in Tehran as planned.

Frattini would have been most senior official from a European government to visit Iran since Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005.

Italy, one of Iran's top trade partners in Europe, has been keen to play a more active role in the row over Iran's disputed nuclear program, although it is not one of the six world powers — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — leading negotiations with Tehran.

"We are for dialogue but there must be a dialogue with certain time limitations … what we are certain of is that we cannot accept an Iran that has a nuclear bomb," Berlusconi said, according to a transcript released by his office Monday.

"In other situations we have been helpful, so even in this situation (concerning Iran) if we are asked we are willing to try to be helpful for the common good," he said in the interview, which was conducted Saturday.

Breaking with past U.S. policy of shunning direct talks with Iran, President Barack Obama's administration said it would join nuclear discussions with Tehran from now on.

Iran says it is ready for "constructive" talks but has rejected demands to halt sensitive uranium enrichment which the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.

Tehran says its nuclear program is intended only to generate electricity.

Latest news

An Overview of Iran’s Complicated Crises

Nowadays, Iran’s economic collapse and its direct effects on political, living, environmental, educational, immigrational affairs have become the main...

Toiling for Bread in Sistan and Baluchistan

A look at the ethnic, linguistic, and national anomalies in Iran always shows the central government as the cause...

Determining the Subsistence Basket at 6.895 Million Tomans, a Step To Destroy Iran’s Workers

A tripartite committee, the representative of the government, employers and workers, has determined the livelihood basket to be 6.895...

Iran’s New Year (Eid-E-Nowruz) and the Empty Baskets of Its Workers

Eid Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is on its way in Iran. But Iran’s rule has made Eid a...

Former Iranian MP Questions Assadollah Assadi’s Conviction

On February 23, in an interview with Khabar Fouri website, former Deputy Speaker of the Iranian regime’s Parliament (Majlis)...

Iran and the Gordian Knot of the JCPOA

The stances of the new US officials against Iran and their emphasis on demands beyond the 2015 Iran nuclear...

Must read

Iraq’s Shi’ite bloc to vote on PM Jaafari

Reuters: Iraq's Shi'ite Alliance said on Thursday it would...

Iran president says enrichment work to resume “without further delay”

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 24 – Iran’s incumbent...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you