Biden: U.S. Open To Direct Talks With Iran
The vice president puts out feelers — and makes it clear there are conditions:
The United States “would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership,” he said during a speech at the Munich Security Conference.
The two nations are at odds, primarily over Iran’s nuclear program, but there is a standing offer for talks.
“There has to be an agenda that they are prepared to speak to,” Biden said. “We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise.”
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview with the semi-official Fars news agency that he hopes incoming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would work toward softening Washington’s policies toward Iran and that Kerry “would at least rectify part of the U.S. government’s anti-Iranian stance and policies.”