U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw the possibility of diplomatic overtures with Iran in the months ahead, moving toward a new U.S. policy, reported Reuters.
"My expectation is in the coming months we will be looking for openings that can be created where we can start sitting across the table face-to-face, diplomatic overtures that will allow us to move our policy in a new direction," Obama said during a news conference.
"I think there's the possibility, at least, of a relationship of mutual respect and progress," he said, but but "it's time now for Iran to send some signals that it wants to act differently."
"There's been a lot of mistrust built up over the years, so it's not going to happen overnight," he said of a possible thaw in ties.
"And it's important that, even as we engage in this direct diplomacy, we are very clear about certain deep concerns that we have as a country, that Iran understands that we find the funding of terrorist organizations unacceptable, that we're clear about the fact that a nuclear Iran could set off a nuclear arms race in the region that would be profoundly destabilizing," said Obama.
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