“Talks without preconditions is Iran’s main stance in negotiations on the nuclear issue,” Iran’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear agency watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said, according to Reuters.

“Soltanieh announced Iran’s readiness to take part in any negotiations with the West based on mutual respect,” the state TV report said.

Iranian officials have made similar statements in the past about possible discussions on Tehran’s nuclear activities, while vowing not to back down in the standoff with the West.