|Iran says can hold talks with U.S. on specific issues||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that Iran and the United States can hold talks about specific issues, but the decision about direct political negotiations between the two countries rests with the Supreme Leader.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States have already held talks about specific issues and there is no impediment to the repetition of them, but the decision about comprehensive political negotiations falls within the ambit of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution,” Salehi said in an interview with the Persian service of IRNA published on Monday in reference to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent remarks about bilateral talks between Tehran and Washington.
Clinton said on Friday that the United States is open to bilateral talks about Iran’s nuclear program if Tehran is “ever ready”.
For now, Clinton said Washington is working with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) to resume talks with Iran about its nuclear program.
“We are working on the P5+1 and making our willingness known that we are ready to have a bilateral discussion if they are ever ready to engage,” said Clinton, who has said she plans to step down as secretary of state next year.
Salehi also said, “Talks have already been held with the United States about specific issues, including Afghanistan and Iraq.”
“Talks about the (country’s) nuclear program is also being held within the framework of negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group with the participation of the United States,” he added.
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