Biden Raises Possibility Of Direct U.S.-Iranian Talks

Photo Credit: Reuters/Michael Dalder(Reuters) – The United States is ready for direct talks with Iran if it is serious about negotiations, Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday, backing bilateral contact many see as crucial to easing a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Biden said Iran – which says it is enriching uranium for peaceful energy only – now faced “the most robust sanctions in history” meant to ensure it does not develop nuclear weapons.

“But we have also made clear that Iran’s leaders need not sentence their people to economic deprivation and international isolation,” Biden said. “There is still time, there is still space for diplomacy backed by pressure to succeed. The ball is in the government of Iran’s court.”

To date, fitful talks on Iran’s nuclear program have been between Tehran and the EU’s top diplomat representing six world powers including Washington. But analysts have suggested that with his re-election behind him, President Barack Obama might have more leeway to take on direct negotiations with Iran.

That makes the year ahead critical for chances of overcoming a stand-off which, if left to fester further, could see Iran approach nuclear weapons capability, possibly provoking military action by Israel that could inflame the Middle East.

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  • raynbene

    Haven’t we been down this road before, with ahminneedofahandjob insisting they are not developing nukes, and there is no reason for ‘negotiations’ ?? Why not just take them at their word, and ease the sanctions ?? After all, the russkies and the communist North Koreans are helping them, why should we worry about it at all ?? obuma can just use his awesomeness to persuade them to see reason ! ! /sarcoff

    • Kent2012

      is the idiot going to do the negotiations or will kenyan boy send another woman that the towel head terrorists do not like?

  • CaptTurbo

    Yes Joe, ask them if there is anything we can do to help. Need any advanced tanks of fighter aircraft? We have a special running right now for Muslim countries that hate us.