A German magazine is reporting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready to leave politics for good.
According to The Times of Israel, Ahmadinejad told Allgemeine Zeitung Saturday that once his current term expires next year, the former mayor of Tehran and civil engineer plans to return to academia.
"Eight years is enough," he said. "Maybe I’ll get involved politically at the university, but I’m not going to found any political party or group."
This coming week, Iran will begin discussions regarding the country's nuclear program with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The Associated Press reported that the council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. - and Germany offered to ease up on a European Union tanker insurance ban against Iran last month, as well as parts for the country's passenger aircraft fleet, if Iran would drop its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, get rid of any 20-percent uranium in the country and stop production at its facility in Hondo.
That proposal was rejected by Iranian negotiators, but Ahmadinejad struck an optimistic note with the magazine.
"We are ready on a voluntary basis to make a positive step if the other party makes a similar step," Ahmadinejad said. "We hope that we will make progress in Moscow."
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