The U.S. announced new talks with Iran with a hardline list of demands, but Iran seems to be taking the softer approach. The country’s top nuclear official said Iran will offer “new initiatives” in conversations with the West, scheduled to begin Saturday in Istanbul. "We are ready to hold successful and progressive talks on cooperation,” Saeed Jalili said on state TV. He also promised that Iran would bring a “constructive attitude” to the negotiations. Iran has seen its uranium enrichment as a symbol of its scientific progress and technological independence, but the West suspects it of developing nuclear weapons.