Kerry Mulls Iran Visit

Tehran dismisses idea of last-ditch talks on nuclear program

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2009 1:21 AM CST

(Newser) – John Kerry is weighing plans to become the highest-ranking American emissary to visit Iran in over 30 years. White House officials won't oppose the visit, aimed at brokering an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. "This sounds like the kind of travel a chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee would—and should—undertake," said an official. But Tehran is dismissive of the idea and the regime's opponents fear it will send the wrong message, the Wall Street Journal reports.

President Obama has given Iran until the end of the year to respond to calls for talks on its nuclear program before further sanctions are imposed, and analysts believe that the window for diplomacy is rapidly closing. American policy toward Iran hasn't changed under President Obama, leaving Iran with "no reason to believe in negotiations," a senior Iranian lawmaker told state-run Press TV.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry takes part in a hearing on the Al-Qaeda threat in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry takes part in a hearing on the Al-Qaeda threat in Pakistan and Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Iranian demonstrators chant slogans as they hold posters of the late spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally in Tehran.
Iranian demonstrators chant slogans as they hold posters of the late spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally in Tehran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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We've eschewed high-level visits to Iran for the last 30 years. I think now—when the Iranian regime's fate is less certain than ever—is not the best time to begin.
- Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst
at Washington's Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace

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