US, Tehran to Hold Fresh Talks

Agreement comes amid new charges of bomb smuggling to Iraq
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2007 4:43 AM CDT
Smugglers trucks are seen at the border with Iran, in Choman, northern Iraq, March 12, 2007. Smuggling across the Iraq-Iran border is a flourishing business in this remote corner of northeast Iraq, a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US and Iran will hold further talks on Iraq beginning tomorrow—despite new accusations the Iranians are arming and abetting Iraqi insurgents. The talks were announced by Iran's foreign minister yesterday just hours after two men linked to Iran were arrested near Baghdad for smuggling EFPs—the armor-penetrating bombs targeted at US soldiers.

Iran and the  US held their first sit down in 27 years in May. The second round comes as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran. Iran has accused four Iranian-American scholars of plotting to overthrow the government. The US has demanded their release. Meanwhile, the US is holding five Iranian military officers suspected of aiding Iraqi insurgents.