Iran's newly installed president Hasan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that Iran stands prepared to immediately engage in talks over its nuclear program.
Rouhani maintained Iran's long stated stance that its nuclear program is peaceful and dismissed years of sanctions against Iran as promoting "war mongering."
But in what appeared to be conciliatory gesture, he said that Iran stands ready to work with "responsible parties" and Tehran looks to resolve issues about its nuclear portfolio peacefully and with "full transparity."
"Nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran's defense doctrine," Rouhani said.
Rouhani's address came hours after President Obama used his own address to the body to extend a hand to Iran, while calling on Security Council members to back a resolution that would mandate consequences for Syria if it fails to cooperate with a plan to turn its chemical weapons over to the international community.