1. START STRONG

    Iran Promises Better 'Attitude'

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's top nuclear negotiator and head of Iran's Supreme Council of National Security Saeed Jalili arrive for a meeting with Indian National Security advisor Mayankote Kelath Narayanan (not seen) in Tehran on July 1, 2008. A top advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned today against the "provocative" remarks on the nuclear crisis with the West that are associated with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    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.

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