May 23rd, 2009
01:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Report: Iran told U.S. no talks till after June elections

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) - The Obama administration has contacted Iran several times for talks, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his government ruled out any discussions before his nation's presidential elections next month, an
Iranian media outlet reported.

Press TV quoted Ahmadinejad told reporters at a press conference Saturday that the United States wanted "to hold negotiations before the election."

"We said we will have no talks before the election," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Iran's presidential election is to be held on June 12.

"They called several times ... and President Barack Obama finally accepted and said: 'OK, let's do it after the election,'"Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying.

The United States and Iran have been at odds over Iran's nuclear activities, Israel, and Iran's support of militant groups.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. The Party of NO is only "pro-life" so they can kill the "babies" 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war!

    Before or after, it does not matter.

    What matters is that the talks will eventually start and that is a plus.

    May 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. annie for Palin

    Probably just biding their time 'till they get more missles ready to launch.

    May 23, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Osama Bin Laden

    How's it feel to be snubbed Obeme???

    May 23, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. john

    We should make peace with Iran before they make peace with us.

    May 23, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. rob

    What the heck is the point of this story? I guess Obama has been calling and calling but they're too busy now to talk? What was he trying to say..."Please don't fire that new missile"???

    May 23, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. David

    This is not new information. President Obama stated earlier this week that talks should not happen for a few weeks after their elections.

    May 23, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Lynn

    That is exactly what the White House has been saying!!

    May 23, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. B.H.

    Israel’s pressure 0n Obama to put a time limit on talks with Iran is very concerning. All we need is for the Israels to strike Iran just when Obama is beginning to develop the possibility of peace talks in the region.

    May 23, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. The Broker.

    Then D Day will be the Thirteenth. Bye Bye Iran...

    May 23, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    I hope they succeed in making peace.The peaceful citizens of the world are in short supply of new blood to spill for Haliburton contracts.

    May 23, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Gary

    Help Isreal bomb the nuclear sites before they get the nuclear bomb and they start WWIII.

    Or... look 10 years in the future. Iran, Saudia Arabia, Syria, Isreal and Egypt all have nuclear weapons. One gets into the wrong hands – – 1 million innocent people are killed. If retaliation occurs 10 million people killed. Please learn the lessons from WW2 – Hitler told us exactly what he was going to do prior to doing it. If we had stopped him early we could have saved millions of lives. Ademajhad is telling us exactly what he plans to do. ....

    May 23, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Paula

    Gee, the usa clown has this mad man calling the shots. Hillary was right, McCain was right. What a joke obama is. He is out to ruin us.

    May 23, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |