By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer – Wed Apr 15, 11:33 am ET

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s president said Wednesday he is willing to build a new relationship with the United States and is preparing new proposals aimed at breaking the impasse with the West over his country’s nuclear program.

The speech by hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took an unusually conciliatory tone at a time when President Barack Obama’s administration has signaled it wants to reach out to Iran and start a dialogue.

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