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White House Denies Iran Nuclear Talks Report
The White House has denied reports it has agreed to stage one-on-one talks with Iran to find a diplomatic solution to concerns over its nuclear programme.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that the US and Iran had agreed in principle to negotiations, which would take place after the November 6 presidential election.
But National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor denied there was any agreement.
He said: "It's not true that the US and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections.
"We continue to work with the P5+1 on a diplomatic solution and have said from the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally."
He added that efforts to get Iran back to the negotiating table with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany - the so-called "P5+1" - will continue.
President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney meet on Monday night in the third and final presidential debate focusing on foreign policy - with Iran's nuclear ambitions a likely topic.
Mr Obama has said he will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and that he hopes sanctions can get Tehran to halt its uranium enrichment.
Mr Romney has accused the president of being weak on Iran and says the US needs to present a greater military threat.
Iran has continued with its nuclear programme despite tough sanctions and measures imposed by the US and European nations.
Those measures have taken their toll, particularly on the Iranian economy, and authorities have been forced to quell protests in recent weeks over the plummeting value of the Iranian rial.
Iran insists its nuclear programme is for energy and research purposes, but Western nations fear it is determined to develop nuclear weapons.
Israel has also threatened to strike its nuclear facilities if it does not halt uranium enrichment.
what do you think?
Western governments are greedy, internationally interfering, duplicitous capitalists. . No argument there from me. . But to believe President Ahmadinijad only wants nuclear power for domestic purposes is naive beyond belief. I've no argument with the Iranian people but the revolutionary regime in Tehran rules with a system of theocracy. Rule by the law of God. They must never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, you just know the Ayatollah is going to have a 'vision' of nuking Europe or Israel. . . Deal with the regime in Tehran now or live with a nuclear theocratic Iran
Mitt Romney scares me. With his typical gung ho republican views and his undoubted support for military action against Iran we could all end up in the stone age. The sanction policies are slowly working and it will be Iranian people power that stops this madness. Can you imagine Romney with his finger on the nuclear button