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Article Used: U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to negotiations about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. According to President Obama’s administration officials, “setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.” Officials in Iran have stated that the talks should be set aside until after the presidential election takes place, determining whether Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, becomes the President of the United States, or Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, remains President. Exchanges between American and Iranian officials have been “secret exchanges” that date “almost to the beginning of President Obama’s term.” This agreement has the potential to help Mr. Obama make the case that he is “nearing a diplomatic breakthrough in the decade-long effort by the world’s major powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.” It is not clear whether or not Mitt Romney will follow through with the negotiation were he to win the election. He has “repeatedly criticized the president as showing weakness on Iran and failing to stand firmly with Israel against the Iranian nuclear threat.” According to reports, “The White House denied that final agreement has been reached, stating, ‘it’s not true that the United States and Iran have agree to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections.’” Although, there is still a chance that the intiative could still be a fall through, even if Obama were to be re-elected. After all, Iran has a history of using the promise of diplomacy to ease international pressure on it. In a case like this, American officials claimed that they were “uncertain whether Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had signed off on the effort” and the “American understandings have been

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