White House denies nuclear report
Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
October 20th, 2012
07:46 PM ET

White House denies nuclear report

The White House denied a report Saturday that said the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

Such talks, as reported by The New York Times, would be a first.

“It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections,” White House National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

“The President has made clear that he will prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and we will do what we must to achieve that. It has always been our goal for sanctions to pressure Iran to come in line with its obligations. The onus is on the Iranians to do so, otherwise they will continue to face crippling sanctions and increased pressure."

Citing an anonymous senior official within the Obama administration, The New York Times reported earlier Saturday that Iranian officials insisted the talks not start until after the presidential vote.

Secret discussions between U.S. and Iranian officials date almost to the start of Obama’s term, the newspaper said.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and to fill energy shortages, but Western leaders believe Tehran is an aspiring armed nuclear power. U.N. inspectors have also expressed doubts about the program's aims.

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  1. tess

    if o'dumbo is denying the report you know it is true! the only thing they want covered up is that it took place and after the election that fool thinks he will be free to finish the job he started 4 years ago. the complete destruction of the united states of america as we know it. he HAS TO BE STOPPED!!!!!! he is becoming more dangerous every day and we can't afford any more islamic rule coming out of the white house.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffinFL

      Troll is obvious troll.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • w5cdt

      Typical political ignoramus response.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1234

      HAHA! O'dumbo....

      The big picture is the (USI) United States of Islam and it is scarry. Obama has set up their foundation for it. They should of called the "Arab Spring" to "Obama's Setup to USI" , This needs to be stopped now or our children, children will be dealing with what we didn't take care of now.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. neoconsarecowards

    Isn't it great that those with the biggest mouths don't have to fight wars.The twit has 5 sons and like himself are cowards. They can't join the military because it might put them in danger. The twit and I got better things to do Chaney would make a great couple of Generals.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie Gleeson

      No, they served "missions" for their church...not too different than the military.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackie Gleeson

    Another talking point to bounce around the delusional right wing bubble. Those guys skew further from reality every day...but they are a comical lot.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Meki60

    Obama is a dangerous person responding for the USA and the world.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffinFL

      The POTUS is doing what he needs to ensure we stay out of another war. If you have a problem with that, the prolem isn't Obama, the problem is YOU.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rich 3

    I wonder why some average wage owners vote to benefit the very rich and against their own best interest....Education i guess...

    October 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffinFL

      They are ignorant enough that they believe trickle down works. They didn't take any Economy classes, obviously.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      I personally don't believe in stealing from others for my own benefit. Regardless of how much more money than me they have.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karthik

    Direct US talks with Iran on the nuclear issue is a welcome thing, and a good way to break the impasse. It must be applauded, not repudiated. There is no purpose in engaging in rhetorical jingoism.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Agreed, however, we've been here before. The Iranians have used negotiations that lead nowhere to buy time to keep the centrifuges(both the ones we know about and the ones we don't) spinning.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    The problem with a *trickle down* anything is it usually dries up half way down. Therefore, it doesnt trickle too far so the problem stays the same.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hamsta

    chrissy you can believe this stuff.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 82airborne1968

    The White House says the Times article was wrong; there is no "one-on-one" agreement. That's what happens when a newspaper goes with unnamed sources. But FoxNews and the right-wingers will just say Obama is "lying"; they also say the New York Times is "lying" with every story they print... so how does that play out?

    October 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bribarian

    That would be a good idea, leave the israeli war monger out of the equation, might actually accomplish something.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Portland tony

    The "Times" usually verifies "Anonymous Senior Officials" quotes before publication. Could this be an intentional leak? And to what end?

    October 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sayer

    Truuuuu

    October 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 123

    nobody wants war.....but sometimes there is no other choice..and this seems to be one of those times....put your big boy panties on barry

    October 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SheliB

    Sounds like the GOP is up to usual tricks – whatever it takes..... to try for a win!!!

    October 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hamsta

    Chrissy Romney is the only candidate that can get our country back to work.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgrgurich

      A job has no value in itself. Slaves had jobs

      October 21, 2012 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
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