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.