Mehdi Kalhor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media consultant and Iran's Vice President of media affairs announced on Saturday that Iran is setting two preconditions before it will engage in any talks with the United States. (h/t Wizbang).
The announcement was made in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency and has been reported independently by both the Fars News Agency and Al Jezeera. Strangely though there does not appear to be any mention in the US media according to a Google search. (all emphasis mine throughout)
Vice President for Media Affairs Mehdi Kalhor said on Saturday that Iran has set two preconditions for holding talks with the United States of America.
In an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency, he said as long as U.S. forces have not left the Middle East region and continues its support for the Zionist regime, talks between Iran and U.S. is off the agenda.
Al Jazeera confirmed the report and added the following:
On Saturday, Kalhor said Tehran would accept 'repentance' on behalf of the US government toward the Iranian people.
"Negotiations would be rational if the US moves out of the Middle East and the US government gives up its widespread support for the Zionist regime," he said.
The discussion on meeting Iran without preconditions has been a hot button item for both campaigns. Seeing how the mainstream media has tried to spin and defend the Obama strategy of meeting Iran without preconditions I wonder if they will follow up with either campaign on this latest news?