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12/30/14

Obama Says No Plans For Embassy In Iran, But 'Never Say Never'

Source: RFE/RL

U.S. President Barack Obama says Washington is not yet ready to reopen an embassy in Iran, but he is not entirely ruling out the possibility during the last two years of his presidency.


Obama on possibility of reopening U.S. embassy in Iran: I never say never
(photo published on front page of Iranian daily Shargh)


A sked on December 29 about reopening the U.S. embassy in Tehran, which has been closed since it was seized by Iranian students in 1979, Obama said: "I never say never, but I think these things have to go in steps."

Obama said Iran is different from Cuba, where Washington recently announced it would reopen its embassy after 53 years.

He said Cuba is small and poses no major threat to the United States, while Iran is large, has sponsored terrorism, and has tried to develop nuclear weapons.


Obama's clear change of tone on Iran
(photo published by Iranian daily Arman)

Obama said he still hopes a permanent nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for Tehran to rejoin the world community.

Based on AFP and AP


Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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