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. Joel

    Even if it is true, nothing will come out of it, the Iranians just playing for time.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Hamsta, that mightve been true had you said Ron Paul, but Romney, nope!

    October 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rudedog

    Send in Romney to ship their jobs overseas.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. obama about to sellout israel...this man is a danger to world peace

    who is the woman that is said to have travelled to qatar to broker these talks and make iran a secret offer? valeri jarrett? or the intensely anti israel samantha power, obama's untalked of foreign policy advisor.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1234

      True that, Obama is selling out Isreal. The (USI) United States of Islam is scarry and Obama has set up their foundation for it. They should of called the "Arab Spring" to "Obama's Setup to ISU"

      October 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles bowen

      Is that Rove talking, or Romney, or Ryan, who is the real Republican Candidate.....No Truth Here...Just More Republican Liars........ Don't Drink The Republican Kool-Ade ......Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

      October 21, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • charles bowen

      1234 Who Is This Republican W-E

      October 21, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. nytimes leaked this from thr WH as a trial balloon and to try to manipulate the election

    DISGRACEFUL connection betweeen WH and the nytimes.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Um, an "anonmyous senior official" = "pssst...this oughta make good copy! Let's go with it!"

      October 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BK

    It's sad that they would be afraid to admit this prior to the election, because it's what we should have already been doing. We can NOT afford another war.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't see why they would admit to anything that hasn't happened.
      Plus, why do you think the POTUS isn't kissing Israel's behind?
      Israel wants the US to lead a war with Iran; the POTUS wants to avoid that.
      Nope, we do NOT need to be enbroiled in another war.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1234

      Obama is selling out Isreal. 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 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The POTUS has sold out no one, and he's not going to; if he believes the United States is threatened, he will use due diligence and take action.
      I do not get why people think that one man, and one man alone, can make the United States an Islamic nation, particularly when he is Christian...
      Just because he doesn't take the same apparent joy in war that many people seem to doesn't mean he's uniformed as to the state of our security.
      It isn't his job to "stamp out Islam"; it's not his role as a leader, and the people who cannot differentiate a religion from terrorism need to focus on education, another thing he embraces.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • 1234

      banasy©, Let me clarify it's not all Muslims but it's the extremist.

      But you say, POTUS embraces education, you might be right however, that is the only thing he embraces. The attack on the embassy… is a prime example…. He showed great leadership there by cover-ups and lies by his administration and his puppet Clinton. Leadership comes from the top down. He needs to take responsibility.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • us 1776, if it werent for whites, obama would not have been elected

      no, you cannot afford iran with nuclear weapons.

      dont you know who hitler was?

      October 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    How??? And doing WHAT?
    What's his plan?
    Still haven't given what his plan is, other "I have what it takes."...which isn't a plan, it's a pat on his own back.
    Oh, I see, we're not gonna find out until after he is elected? (Which he won't be.)
    Yeah, okay.

    Hi, Hamsta.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      Actually he has a long time ago. It's available in pdf format and has been for months.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KiwiGandalf

      But, his plan doesn't actually give anything that will create jobs. Cutting taxes doesn't create jobs at the level taxes currently are. Cutting taxes when they are 65% would have an impact, but not at this level. And one needs to look at REAL taxes paid, not nominal tax rates. US companies on the whole DO NOT pay anywhere close to the 35%, or in many cases 25% (which is what Romney is talking of cutting them to). Jobs are created when companies have a demand for their products and services that can't be met by current employment levels. An increase in demand for products and services by the mass of the population can only happen if they have more income. And this has to be kick-started in some way, which is where 'appropriate' government spending could help, accompanied by some income redistribution via the tax code. Cutting costs (i.e., laying off government workers) and cutting taxes does not increase the spending power of a major portion of the population.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yawn

      It's been four years and I still don't know what Obama's plan is. So, what's the difference?

      October 23, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. shiststone

    And just what would be wrong with talking with them if it prevents yet ANOTHER WAR?

    October 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUJUBee

      No "talks" should go on unless the US has discussed this first with our Allies. While it sounds wonderful to have "talks" – I wouldn't trust Iran and I would question their intent in doing so. Look at what happened in WWII when Europe was so eager to find a "diplomatic" solution.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. DogHaus

    I don't see anything wrong with talking to Iran before you bomb them. The President thinks he has more time to come up with a better plan because Iran has no means of delivering a "weapon" (missile). I think this is a mistake because enriched plutonium could fall into the wrong hands and be used as a terrorist weapon at some future time. The time to deal with it is now. Probably is it's an election season. Something will happen after the election either way.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fargo

      So by the same logic, every country around the world should abandon their nuclear energy programs because nuclear fuel or waste could fall into the wrong hands?

      October 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whome

    And this bribe will cost us how much?

    October 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RE McCray

    It would be the second time that Iran has oen something or made some promise that could potentially influence and election.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 2020

    When it comes to Iran, the President's cool irked Iran. They want to jump on him, kick him or pee him. The President just let them jump over the cliff, the same way he told Romney " Governor, please proceed"

    What a smart strategy. Iran couldn't even laugh or cry.

    October 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • 0rangeW3dge

      more on gossip

      October 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fargo

    Hilarious that the US boldly says it will resort to any means to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon...short of actually negotiating with them one-on-one.

    October 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thus far IRAN is the one who has refused negotiation, fabricated NY times article notwithstanding.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 0rangeW3dge

    Romney wants a war with Iran, that's why he's ramming $3T down their throats

    October 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nytimes leaked this from thr WH as a trial balloon and to try to manipulate the election

    to all the isolationists, non interventionists and just plain old jew haters....trust me; if you dont go to war with iran to take down its nuke sites, they will bring war to you.

    October 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
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