- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

YEREVAN, ARMENIA (AP) - Iran’s foreign minister says his country will respond in kind if the United States makes genuine efforts to improve relations.

Manouchehr Mottaki says if the administration of President Barack Obama “puts words into actions” then Iran “will give an appropriate response.”

Mottaki spoke to reporters Friday during a visit to neighboring Armenia, which has trade ties with Iran.

Obama has expressed a willingness to talk with Iran to end a standoff over its nuclear program, which U.S. officials believe is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Obama’s administration is conducting a broad review of U.S. policy that may include the appointment of a special envoy and direct contacts with Iranian officials.

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