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Iranian MP says no decision yet on direct talks with US


Source: ISNA

Chief of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission denies any agreement between Iran and the US for direct nuclear talks saying Tehran has no decision yet on holding dialogue with Washington.

"There is no such a decision yet and such decisions will be merely made by the Supreme Leader," Alaeddin Boroujerdi told ISNA on Monday.

"Americans have asked for direct talks with Iran several times but the Islamic Republic has avoided one-on-one dialogue with American officials," he added, "they have always been interested in direct talks with us but we always make the decisions based on our interests."

Whenever Iran's interests necessitate direct dialogue with the US, for instance in the case of Iraq's crisis, the decision will be made by Iran's leadership, he noted.

Also Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi denied bilateral talks between Tehran and the White House on Sunday.

"We don't have anything such as the so-called dialogue with the US and we are not responsible to respond to anything they say," he said referring to the New York Times report about the two countries bilateral talks.

Iran's nuclear negotiations takes place under the framework of talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, he added.

The New York Times, citing unnamed senior Obama administration officials, reported over the weekend that after secret exchanges, American and Iranian officials had agreed in principle to hold one-on-one negotiations between the nations, which have not had official diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

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