Iran and US holding secret talks for 5 years

US and Iran have been holding secret talks over the last five years regarding Tehran's nuclear program, according to The Independent's report.

Iran and US holding secret talks for 5 years
The United States and Iran have been holding secret talks over the last five years regarding Tehran's nuclear program, according to a report released Monday by Britain's The Independent.

The discussions also related to the general ties between the two countries, said the report.

One of the participants, former senior US diplomat Thomas Pickering, explained that a group of former American diplomats and experts had been meeting with Iranian academics and policy advisers "in a lot of different places, although not in the US or Iran".


According to the report, the discussion team was established by the UN Association of the U.S.A., and its work facilitated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Pickering said that the nuclear issue was a prominent part of discussions, though added: "We discussed what's going on domestically in both countries" as well as a range of issues affecting the relations of the two enemy states.

None of the delegates to the discussions sit at the government level, Pickering told The Independent, but were keeping higher officials "informed" of the talks.

Pickering told the newspaper that the Bush administration "did not discourage us" from engaging in the discussions.

Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2008, 14:19
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