The U.S. denies that it has agreed to one-on-one talks with Iran about its nuclear program.
In a New York Times report on October 20, unidentified officials in the Barack Obama administration were quoted as saying that Iranian and American officials have agreed to meet after the U.S. election for talks about Iran’s nuclear program.
Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the White House National Security Council, denied having reached an agreement for one-on-one talks with Iran but added: "We continue to work with the G5+1 on a diplomatic solution and have said from the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally."
Vietor stressed once more that U.S. President Barack Obama has made it clear that he will do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
Iran has consistently denied having any ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.
On Saturday, the head of Iran’s Atomic Agency, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, said: “If Iran’s nuclear rights are recognized, the talks with the G5+1 will yield results.”
The New York Times report was published only two days before the third and final debate between Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney. The main topic of the last debate will be U.S. foreign policy.