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US needs sustained meetings with Iran - Hamilton

London, Sept 11, IRNA - Co-chair of the Iraq Study Group (ISG) Lee Hamilton believes that the Bush Administration has not gone nearly far enough in trying to resolve its problems with Iran.

"You cannot solve the problems with Iran in two meetings at ambassadorial level. You have to have long, sustained meetings at a very high level," Hamilton said.

"What the Bush Administration done is a modest step in the right direction," he said in an interview with BBC Radio Four's Today programme Tuesday.

Last December, the ISG called for a fundamental rethink of US policy in Iraq, including seeking cooperation with Iran to help bring stability in the country.

But Hamilton, who chaired the ISG with former Secretary of State James Baker, said he did not think the Bush Administration launched its best efforts with Iran.

"We believe in the Iraq Study Group that you have to have a robust diplomatic offense almost like we have never had in this country," he said.

In his interview, the veteran American Democrat challenged the positive assessment of the US troops surge in Iraq presented by General David Petraeus to congress on Monday.

"We have made a mess of this country. We did a good thing in throwing out Saddam Hussein, but the last four years, we have made a total mess of it. The level of incompetence by the American government has been outstanding," he said.

Hamilton agreed that the US had a "moral responsibility" to sort out the mess and said that the real question was: 'What is the objective?" "If you mean by straightening this out by establishing a democratic government in Iraq to transform the Middle East then we better give up," he said.

But the co-chair said that General Petreaus interestingly spoke about "stability that is a very different objective from what the president has been articulating."

General Wesley Clark calls for for direct US-Iran talks

A former NATO General confessed Monday to US defeat regarding US pressures over Iran on Tehran's nuclear program, asking for direct US-Iran talks, IRNA reported from Tehran.

US General Wesley Clark made the comment in an interview published in Monday edition of Israeli daily Ha-Arets, adding, "It is time for the United States to try political solutions for its problems with Iran."

He added, "Washington needs to realize the policies aimed at dissuading it from pursuing its nuclear activities have faced full defeat."

Clark reiterated, "Real diplomacy has still not been tried regarding this issue, and it is now time for the US to enter serious political talks with Iran."

He added, "Washington needs to enter face to face, high level political talks with Iran and to have meaningful alternative proposals."

Clark said, "By stressing the need for ceasing entire nuclear activities as a precondition for entering talks, the US administration has actually aborted entire chances for victory of diplomatic moves."

Wesley Clark was a Democratic Party nominee for US 2004 Presidential Elections. He was the top NATO Commander in Kosovo War, between the years 1997 and 2000.

German Greens urges "massive expansion" of Iran-US dialogue on Iraq

Berlin, Sept 11, IRNA - Germany's opposition Green party here Monday called for a "massive expansion" of the Iran-US dialogue in a bid to help stabilize the security situation in Iraq.

"A (US) dialogue with the most important neighbors (of Iraq) - Iran and Syria - has yet to take place. The talks with Iran on an ambassador-level were first steps in the right direction and have to be massively expanded," said the deputy head of the Green faction in the German parliament, Juergen Trittin in a press statement.

"The EU and the federal (German) government can do their share by speeding up aid for millions of refugees in Iraq and its neighboring countries ...," added the top Green legislator.

Trittin stressed that the military policy of President George W.

Bush in Iraq has failed and has in fact boosted terrorism in that country.

The Green leader was speaking ahead of Monday's testimony of US General David Petraeus in Congress where he was to deliver his long- awaited assessment of the situation in Iraq.

FM: No decision yet for next round of Iran-US talks on Iraq

Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA - Iran has made no decision yet on holding the fourth round of talks with US on Iraq, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced on Tuesday.

He made the remarks while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an economic gathering.

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