Margaret Coker
Wall Street Journal
December 4, 2010

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MANAMA, Bahrain—Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Saturday dampened the possibility for a breakthrough in next week’s scheduled international talks over Tehran’s nuclear program, blaming Washington for pursuing a confrontational policy towards his country instead of genuine diplomacy.

Mr. Mottaki—speaking at a regional security conference here a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington remained committed to negotiations with Tehran—said that his government wouldn’t back down from its policy of enriching nuclear fuel on its own territory.

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That sets up a diplomatic showdown in Geneva for the talks, set to start Monday, which U.S. officials see as another step in President Barack Obama’s policy of diplomatic outreach to the Islamic Republic. The U.S. and others believe that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon, while Iran says it wants nuclear power for civilian purposes.

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