Iran Talks Raise Tension, But Not Consensus

On first day of sitdown, parties still tangled over allegations of interference
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2007 6:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – The United States and Iran began their first day of diplomatic talks on Iraq today, but the Times reports that the summit is still tangled over US allegation that Iran is funding armed militias inside Iraq. Iran vehemently denied the charge today; an American official who attending the meeting said little progress was made.

US ambassador Ryan Crocker said there has been “an escalation, not a de-escalation" in attacks on American forces by Iranian-funded militias since the two countries broke a 30-year silence two months ago. He described today's meeting with dismay: "The actual concrete result can be distilled into a discussion of some few minutes.” (Read more Iran stories.)

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