Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the country was prepared to resume suspended talks on its disputed nuclear program with the six big world powers after Iran's new president, Hassan Rowhani, takes office early next month. Mr. Salehi also indicated that Mr. Rowhani, a moderate cleric, was revamping the current negotiating team, which has been led by Saeed Jalili, a hard-line conservative who was among the presidential candidates defeated by Mr. Rowhani in the June 14 elections. Mr. Salehi was quoted by the Iranian Students' News Agency as saying that the talks would restart but that first Mr. Rowhani -- a former nuclear negotiator -- "should assume the responsibility and appoint the negotiating team." Iran has rejected demands by the so-called P5-plus-1 powers -- the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany -- to halt uranium enrichment. Iran asserts the enrichment is for peaceful purposes.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.