Top Obama administration officials say the door remains open for nuclear talks with Iran. They are discounting the latest anti-American rhetoric from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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The ongoing post-election turmoil in Iran has raised questions about the outlook for diplomacy to deal with Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Appearing on the CBS television program Face the Nation, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice indicated the Iranian nuclear program remains a matter of high concern for the White House.
“We have an interest in any case in trying to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapons capability,” said Rice. “We have pursued that through multi-lateral diplomacy. We have left the door open to bilateral diplomacy.”