United Nations nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei says he welcomes the Security Council's delay of a decision on imposing sanctions on Iran.
ElBaradei said in Amsterdam Thursday he is very optimistic all sides will move away from the war of words over Iran's nuclear program. He again called for compromises from both sides.
Britain, France, and Germany are preparing incentives for Iran go give up its nuclear ambitions. They are expected to present them to Iran within weeks along with the threat of sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Washington supports the European effort.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Indonesian television Thursday he is willing to hold talks with anyone, including the United States. But he said it is ridiculous for nuclear powers to pressure Iran to give up what he says is a peaceful nuclear program.
Mr. Ahmadinejad again verbally attacked Israel during a speech at a Jakarta university. He told the audience Muslim students that Israel is a tyrannical regime that will one day vanish.
The United States and much of the West suspect Iran of planning to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies that and says its nuclear program is for civilian energy use.