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US Denies Iran Nuclear Talks And New York Times Report

Hannah Madans |
October 21, 2012 | 1:06 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

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The White House has denied a report in the New York Times that Iran has agreed to one-on-one talks with the U.S. over its nuclear program.

The report quoted unnamed officials and said Iran asked to hold talks until after the election on Nov. 6. It said that the two countries had agreed to one-on-one negotiations "in principle."

The report also claimed that the agreement was the result of secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials since almost the beginning of President Barack Obama's term.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor released a statement saying this was untrue.

The White House further denied this report and said that there were no current plans to meet with Iran, according to the BBC.

The White House said that it will continue working with the rest of the United Nations Security Council and Germany on a diplomatic solution, according to Voice of America.

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 negotiation group, made up of the UK, U.S., France, China, Russia and Germany, have stalled.

Nations, including the U.S. have increased sanctions against Iran.

Iran has been a key foreign policy topic in the presidential campaign and will likely be brought up when Obama and Mitt Romney debate the subject of foreign policy Monday.

Romney has accused Obama of being to soft on Iran. Obama opposes a military strike.


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