Iran and the United States have denied reports of bilateral negoations over the Gulf country’s uranium enrichment program. Quoting unnamed sources, The New York Times reported that U.S. officials had convinced Iranian officials to “hold one-on-one talks.” Reuters.com reports:
“We don’t have any discussions or negotiations with America,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told a news conference. “The (nuclear) talks are ongoing with the P5+1 group of nations. Other than that, we have no discussions with the United States.”
The P5+1 group comprises the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia – plus Germany.
White House officials also denied the report. U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in statement that Iran and the United States have not agreed to bilateral talks.