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Ali Akbar Salehi Photo: Reuters
Ali Akbar Salehi Photo: Reuters

Iran denies report of plans for nuclear talks with US

Just like Washington, Tehran says no secret negotiations held with US; adds only avenue of nuclear compromise discussed vis-à-vis P5+1

Published: 10.21.12, 14:00 / Israel News

Iran denied on Sunday a report in a US newspaper that it had plans for direct talks with the United States over its disputed nuclear program.


The New York Times reported, citing Obama administration officials, that the United States and Iran had agreed in principle to one-on-one negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, though the White House quickly denied the report.


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"We don't have any discussions or negotiations with America," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a news conference on Sunday.


"The (nuclear) talks are ongoing with the P5+1 group of nations. Other than that, we have no discussions with the United States."


The P5+1 are comprised of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and Germany.


Several rounds of talks this year between Iran and world powers, dubbed the P5+1, have failed to yield a breakthrough.


A spokesman for the US National Security Council also denied the NTY's report.


"It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections," Tommy Vietor said in a statement.


"We continue to work with the P-5 on a diplomatic solution and have said from the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally."



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