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  1. 18 Jan '12 18:06
    Executive Branch - POLITICS
    Iranian lawmaker says Obama proposed direct talks in letter
    Published January 18, 2012
    Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran – The White House had no immediate comment Wednesday on a claim from an Iranian lawmaker that President Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic's supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

    Conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari revealed the content of the letter days after the Obama administration said it was warning Iran through public and private channels against any action that threatens the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf.

    "In the letter, Obama called for direct talks with Iran," the semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Motahari as saying Wednesday. "The letter also said that closing the Strait of Hormuz is (Washington's) red line."
    "The first part of the letter contains threats and the second part contains an offer for dialogue," he added.


    Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast confirmed that Tehran received the letter and was considering a possible response.

    Likely this is true ? Or not likely ?

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/18/iranian-lawmaker-says-obama-proposed-direct-talks-in-letter/#ixzz1jpmqe6zB
  2. 18 Jan '12 18:56
    Sure, why not.
  3. 18 Jan '12 19:08
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Executive Branch - POLITICS
    Iranian lawmaker says Obama proposed direct talks in letter
    Published January 18, 2012
    Associated Press

    [b]TEHRAN, Iran – The White House had no immediate comment Wednesday on a claim from an Iranian lawmaker that President Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic's supreme ...[text shortened]... s/2012/01/18/iranian-lawmaker-says-obama-proposed-direct-talks-in-letter/#ixzz1jpmqe6zB
    Are you personally opposed to any diplomatic overtures the Obama administration may or may have not made towards Iran?
  4. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    18 Jan '12 19:27
    Perfectly likely and, if so, wholly commendable. I have no doubt whatsoever that indirect talks, whether through unofficial channels or proxies, has continued. I can't see any justification for condemning indirect talks or the prospect of direct talks unless one is actively belligerent and actually looks forward to open conflict with Iran. Surely a negotiated end to the current brinksmanship is preferable to the alternative?
  5. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    19 Jan '12 00:08
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Direct talks with Iran ?
    Good idea. The U.S. wants to see Iran modify its policies. Direct talks could help. There isn't really much of a downside to taking this step.
  6. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    19 Jan '12 00:13
    I don't see why direct talks with anyone would ever be a bad thing.
  7. 19 Jan '12 00:15
    Originally posted by sh76
    I don't see why direct talks with anyone would ever be a bad thing.
    I'm sure your Republican representatives will feel the same way.
  8. 19 Jan '12 00:16
    Originally posted by sh76
    I don't see why direct talks with anyone would ever be a bad thing.
    Tell FMF I agree!
  9. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    19 Jan '12 00:19
    Originally posted by sh76
    I don't see why direct talks with anyone would ever be a bad thing.
    Tell cheshirecatstevens thank you for not wanting to let either of us seem weak.
  10. 19 Jan '12 00:27
    Originally posted by FMF
    Tell cheshirecatstevens thank you for not wanting to let either of us seem weak.
    Tell the whole world that I also agree.
  11. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    19 Jan '12 00:37 / 1 edit
    People can write what they want about telling the whole world that they also agree. Doesn't necessarily mean I read it.
  12. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    19 Jan '12 01:07 / 1 edit
    FMF,

    cheshirecatstevens says drop dead.
  13. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    19 Jan '12 01:21
    Originally posted by sh76
    FMF,

    cheshirecatstevens says drop dead.
    What were the actual words he used for 'dead' and 'drop' in the original cheshirecatstevensic?
  14. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    19 Jan '12 03:49
    Originally posted by FMF
    What were the actual words he used for 'dead' and 'drop' in the original cheshirecatstevensic?
    opdray eadday
  15. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    19 Jan '12 04:52
    Originally posted by sh76
    opdray eadday
    And which side is the Canadian interpreter working for?