US Seeks to Join Nuke Talks With Iran
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 2:11 PM CDT
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US wants to be a direct party to nuclear talks between Iran and the UN, CNN reports. Washington had stayed away from earlier negotiations because it has no diplomatic relationship with the country, but the State Department said today it had asked an EU official to invite Iran to a sit-down with the UN Security Council. Iran has not heeded UN demands that it halt enrichment of uranium, which it says it will use for civil purposes.

“If Iran accepts,” a State Department spokesman said, “we hope this will be an occasion to seriously engage Iran of how to break the logjam of recent years and work in a cooperative manner to resolve the outstanding international concerns about its nuclear program.”