February 9th, 2009
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U.S. looking for dialogue openings with Iran, Obama says

The United States is looking for opportunities for 'face to face' dialogue with Iran after nearly three decades without diplomatic ties, President Barack Obama said Monday.
The United States is looking for opportunities for 'face to face' dialogue with Iran after nearly three decades without diplomatic ties, President Barack Obama said Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States is looking for opportunities for "face to face" dialogue with Iran after nearly three decades without diplomatic ties, President Barack Obama said Monday, but still has "deep concerns" about Tehran's actions.

"There's been a lot of mistrust built up over the years, so it's not going to happen overnight," Obama said during his first prime-time news conference Monday night.

Watch: Obama wants dialogue with Iran

He said his administration is reviewing existing U.S. policy toward Iran, which supports groups Washington has branded terrorist organizations and has defied U.N. demands to halt its uranium enrichment program.

Despite those concerns, he said his administration wants to use "all the resources at the United States' disposal" to resolve those concerns.

"In the coming months, we will be looking for openings that can be created where we can start sitting across the table face to face," Obama said


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. JD

    So, you deny the holocaust...and want to build a nuclear weapon to obliterate Israel...and support suicide bombers around the world...and supported terrorism in Iraq to kill our troops...can't we just get along? Wake up B.O.!!!

    February 10, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. Deb

    Obama should not begin any overtures until after the Iranian elections in June. With oil prices dropping, the electorate there may toss the bellicose "Almedinnerjacket." We should be broadly conveying this message to the population. Until Iran can give up the theocratic Revolution, and terrorist-sponsoring, and nukes, they really aren't going to be interested in any rational or civilized discourse amongst nations.

    February 10, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. Reality

    ARE YOU KIDDING?

    Iran JUST launched a satellite.

    Siyasat-e Ruz JUST said America has been defeated, is in full retreat, and then SET CONDITIONS TO TALK TO OBAMA.

    Read the news people.

    Our President is clueless!

    February 10, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  4. Common Sense

    If Iran wants to start with an open hand of friendship, instead of a closed fist of opposition then America will step to the plate too. To be honest, I am tired of the older, conservative generation and there ideology of perpetual enemies.

    I support my president. Let's step up behind Barack Obama and PROVE to the world that we still are the Greatest country.

    February 10, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |

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