U.S. rejects Iran’s proposal for talks


U.S. rejects Iran's proposal for talks

The State Department says the Iranian offer given to Western diplomats doesn't address the main issue, Tehran's nuclear program.

By Paul Richter

9:27 PM CDT, September 10, 2009

Reporting from Washington

The State Department rejected Iran's latest proposal for international talks Thursday in another sign of trouble for the Obama administration's top-priority effort to engage Tehran in nuclear negotiations.

A five-page Iranian proposal distributed to foreign diplomats Wednesday "was not really responsive to our greatest concernwhich is obviously Iran's nuclear program," said P.J. Crowley, the senior State Department spokesman.

At the same time, Crowley said, "We remain willing to engage Iran."

The administration faces an approaching deadline on whether to pursue a diplomatic opening with Iran, which was one of President Obama's trademark foreign policy ideas during his presidential campaign.

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