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Obama will ease Iran-US contacts: Source

Press TV - The new US administration is seeking to ease contacts between Iranian and American diplomats, says a source familiar with Obama policies.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a diplomat close to the matter said that the Obama administration would invite Iran to a March 31 conference on Afghanistan in The Hague to allow US diplomats to meet with Iranian officials "without first seeking approval".

The Obama administration is seriously reviewing Washington's policy on Iran, the diplomat said.

"These contacts could be across the board," the source told Reuters, adding that President Barack Obama will not pursue the Bush administration plan to open a diplomatic interest section in Tehran for now.

Obama has vowed to begin direct talks with Iran to thaw relations between the two countries and resolve the controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear issue.

While the US president has not yet made a concrete offer for talks, his decision to renew anti-Iran sanctions has brought disappointment to officials in Tehran who awaited change in US foreign policy matters.

Despite the severance of Washington-Tehran diplomatic ties in 1980, American and Iranian officials came together at the 2001 Bonn conference, which helped establish the Afghan government.

Iran and the US have also held three rounds of talks on Iraq security.

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