Report: Obama Sends Secret Message to Iran – “Is in Dire Need of Nuclear Agreement”
According to Iranian news, Barack Obama sent a secret message to the Iranian regime.
US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran’s leadership via Iraq’s prime minister, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal.
Hamshahri, Iran’s highest-circulation daily, citing a lawmaker, said “one of the leaders of a neighbouring country” took the message from Obama to officials in Tehran.
The subject discussed was the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers led by the United States it said, without giving further details on its content.
The newspaper suggested that the message bearer was Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who met Obama on June 8 on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Germany.
Abadi visited Tehran on June 17, meeting Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as well as President Hassan Rouhani.
The newspaper also cited Abadi’s visit in April to Washington, where he sought arms to fight Islamic State group militants.
The Iranian regime says Obama is in dire need of a nuclear agreement.
Fars News reported:
Parliamentary officials disclosed on Monday that US President Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iran in the last few days, adding that the letter focused on the nuclear standoff between the two sides.
“An official of one of the neighboring countries has recently brought a message from the US president to our country’s officials,” member of the parliament’s presiding board Mehrdad Bazrpash told FNA on Monday.
A different source later revealed that the letter has been delivered to Iran by Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi during his recent visit.
Stressing that Washington and Obama, himself, need a nuclear agreement with Iran, Bazrpash said Washington is in a more dire need of an agreement than Iran.
He further pointed out that the US hypocrisy in its secret messages and in the public has ruined the wall of trust between the two countries. “The contents of the United States’ private messages to Iran are different from what the American officials say in the public”.
“In their private messages, they respectfully demand the Islamic Republic of Iran to come to the negotiating table and make an agreement but they threaten Iran in their media and before the eyes of their own and other countries’ people,” Bazrpash said.
His remarks came as media reports said on Sunday that the US is still raising more demands a few days before a July 1 deadline comes to an end, and evades endorsing fulfillment of the undertakings it accepted under the April 2 Lausanne agreement.
The Obama administration insists that the reports are not true.