- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) - The leading reformist candidate in upcoming Iranian presidential elections says if elected, he would negotiate with the U.S but not over Iran’s nuclear activities.

Mir Hossein Mousavi said at a news conference Monday that he would talk with the United States, if Iran is “not required to pay a heavy cost,” such as giving up its nuclear program.

Iran says its nuclear program is for civilian use only.

The U.S. and its allies charge Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.

Mousavi also condemned the killing of Jews in the Holocaust, a much different stance than current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who in 2005 called the Holocaust a myth.

Mousavi is seen by many as the candidate with the best chance of defeating Ahmadinejad.


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