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Iran says Western pressure at talks will be futile

•, By Marcus George

His comments come just hours before world powers and Iran sit down for talks in the Iraqi capital to try to reach agreement over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme.

  Salehi told a news conference in Tehran: "Their (Western powers') policies of pressure and intimidation are futile. They have to adopt policies to show goodwill to solve this issue. 

"The ideas fielded to us speak of the fact that the other side would like to make Baghdad a success. We hope that in a day or two we can bring good news."

  The United States and its allies suspect Tehran is trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability and have imposed tough sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors to try to force it to compromise and open up its activities to scrutiny. 

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