'Iran, 5+1 group to hold nuclear talks in October'

TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (MNA) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Friday that Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) will hold nuclear talks in October.

According to the schedule, a representative from the Islamic Republic will hold talks with a member of the 5+1 group in October, Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in New York.

‘No talks held between Iran and U.S.’

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president dismissed news that secret talks have been held between Iran and the United States.

“However, we have always maintained a relation with the U.S. nation and during my visit I met with four groups of U.S. citizens,” Ahmadinejad stated.

Israeli daily Haaretz claimed that diplomats from Iran and the U.S. have secretly met in New York to establish a covert channel of communication.

‘U.S. must change its tone for dialogue’

Asked about U.S. President Barack Obama’s remarks on the possibility of dialogue with Iran, Ahmadinejad noted, “If the U.S. intends to negotiate with Iran it should change its tone of speech.”

Obama said on Thursday, “The door to diplomacy with Iran remains open, but the Islamic Republic must show a credible commitment to dialogue on its nuclear program.”

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