Biden: U.S. open to direct Iran talks
"There has to be an agenda," Biden said in Germany. "We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise."
February 2nd, 2013
07:18 AM ET

Biden: U.S. open to direct Iran talks

Under the right conditions, the United States is willing to hold talks with the Iranian government, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday.

The United States "would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership," he said during a speech at the Munich Security Conference.

The two nations are at odds, primarily over Iran's nuclear program, but there is a standing offer for talks, and "there has to be an agenda that they are prepared to speak to," Biden said. "We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise."

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview with Ithe semi-official Fars news agency that he hopes new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will contribute to softening Washington's policies towards Iran and that Kerry "would at least rectify part of the U.S. government's anti-Iranian stance and policies."

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  1. saywhat

    That should be the way to go, statesmanship & foresight dictates.
    You cannot just block an oil producing, 18th largest country in the world with a population of 75 million with its own influence and clout in the region like some tiny impoverished nation constantly on the dole. And hope this solves all problems.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Especially when we do it on behest of a rogue nation itself and overlook our own geo political & strategic interests.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. maureen

    Bomb Iran once and for all. Or have the guts to stand by Israel when they do it

    February 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ancient Texan

    We keep talking and Iran keeps building....for how many decades?

    February 4, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |