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June 29, 2015 9:41 am

Iran Nuclear Negotiations With US Started in 2009 With Wish List Sent to Obama

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Iran sent a wish list to President Obama in 2009 to test his commitment to improving ties with the Islamic Republic. Photo: White House.

Iran sent a wish list to President Obama in 2009 to test his commitment to improving ties with the Islamic Republic. Photo: White House.

Iran secretly passed to the White House beginning in late 2009 the names of prisoners it wanted released from U.S. custody, part of a wish list to test President Barack Obama’s commitment to improving ties and a move that set off years of clandestine dispatches that helped open the door to nuclear negotiations.

The secret messages, via an envoy sent by the Sultan of Oman, also included a request to blacklist opposition groups hostile to Iran and increase U.S. visas for Iranian students, according to officials familiar with the matter.

Read full story at The Wall Street Journal.

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