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Iranian president blames US politicians for standoff, says attitude change needed

AFP , WASHINGTON

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday signaled his government's readiness to put "everything" on the negotiating table, if those in the US government who talk about regime change in Iran abandon their plans.

"If they change their behavior, it is possible to talk about everything," the Iranian leader told the Washington Post. "It's the attitude and the approach of some American politicians that ruin things."

The comments came as world powers are considering imposing sanctions that would target Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile sectors if Tehran persists in refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

A diplomatic source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the sanctions were discussed by senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Asked if Iran was willing to take any steps to suspend uranium enrichment, Ahmadinejad responded to the Post.

"We think that the American politicians should change their attitudes. If they think that by threatening Iran they'll have results, they are wrong," he said.

The Iranian leader was asked four times if he would like to see Israel wiped off the face of the Earth but ducked a direct answer each time.

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