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February 21, 2013 6:55 pm

U.S. Seeks Direct Meeting With Iran Over Nuclear Program

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President Barack Obama gives a special Nowruz video message to the people and leadership of Iran. Photo: wiki commons.

American officials have announced that they are seeking to meet directly with Iranian officials during next week’s nuclear talks in Kazakhstan, the Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S. and European officials hope that the diplomatic overtures can create a fissure within Iran’s leadership ahead of its presidential election in June. Several Iranian leaders have spoken out in favor of direct talks with the U.S, but it is unclear whether or not Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would agree. Khamenei said recently in a speech that he is against talks.

“If Iran says yes, that would be great,” a European official told the Wall Street Journal. “If not, we think they’ll be more isolated.”

Talks are scheduled next week in Almaty, Kazakhstan between Iran and group known as P5+1—the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

According to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) quarterly report released this week, Iran has continued advancing its nuclear program. Iran installed 180 advanced IR-2m centrifuge machines at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.

“The advance is significant both in terms of technology and timing. The IR-2m centrifuges can enrich three to five times faster than the outmoded machines now being used at Natanz,” the Associated Press reported.

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  • Jacqueline

    Obama is delusional or truly naive. Is he that egotistical that he thinks he can change the religious leader of Iran. Obama is the resurrected Chamberlain~Where is our Winston Churchill?

  • Chaya

    Is Obama for real?

  • Parker

    “… hope that the diplomatic overtures can create a fissure within Iran’s leadership.. ”

    This would be funny if it was not so dangerous.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    President Obama,
    Playing pussyfoot with Shi’ite leadership is very similar to playing pussyfoot with the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. Unless you know that you are already to be considered a Kaafir, as a Christian, a Mushrik to the House of Islam, you do not have any idea with whom you will be conversing. There is no reasoning with those who fundamentally reject every aspect of the way of life in Christian life and Jewish life. Ayatollah Khamenei is just such a person in Iran, and Mohammed Morsi is just such a person in Egypt. Thinking that you are on their par as a Christian, in their eyes as a Dhimmi, irrespective of being the President of the United States, you are in truth little more than a “nuisance” to them and their plans. With all due respect for your position as President of the United States, I hope and pray that reason will somehow help you come to your senses that reasoning with such individuals as Khamenei and Morsi is like reasoning with Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s closest ally. Megalomaniacs do not converse; they spew venom.