White House Denies Report Iran Agreed To Direct Nuclear Talks
The White House has denied a report saying that Iran and the United States agreed to sit down for direct one-on-one talks regarding the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program.
The original report stated that Obama administration officials were reporting that the two nations agreed to direct talks in a last ditch attempt to avoid a military strike on Iran, reports Boston.com.
Iran officials reportedly insisted that any talks between them and the US wait until after the presidential election, because they reportedly wanted to know which president they would be entering into negotiations with.
News of the reported agreement came at a crucial time for the election as well, which is just two weeks away. If the report was true, then it would have helped Obama make a case that he is nearing talks with Iran that would curb the fears that the nation may be building nuclear weapons.
Fox News reports, however, that the White House denied the claim. National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor stated:
“It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections. It has always been our goal for sanctions to pressure Iran to come in line with its obligations.”
Israel has previously warned that Iran is close to achieving nuclear weapons capability. They have also pushed for the United States to vow that they will take military action against Iran if needed.
Election Day in the United States is just over two weeks away and the final presidential debate between current President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will take place on Monday. The topic of the debate will be foreign policy.