September 26th, 2013
02:03 PM ET

Iran olive branch in Kerry's hands heading into key talks

By Elise Labott, Michael Pearson, and Joe Sterling

It's been more than 30 years since high-level officials from the United States and Iran sat down together to talk face-to-face.

If everything holds, that drought ends on Thursday.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are set to meet in New York as part of a meeting between the Middle Eastern country and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. They will explore restarting talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Such a high-level meeting involving the United States and Iran hasn't happened since Iran's 1979 revolution, which sent relations between the two into a deep freeze.

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  1. DaveYoung

    John Kerry and his thugboss are both inept weaklings on the world stage. Rather than take out the nuke production facilities., they have waited for theocratic radicals to arm themselves to the max. Now they want to go kiss them and suck up. I am ashamed of our weakling fraud leadership.

    September 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Good grief Dave, yours is one of the dumbest posts I've seen here yet! Obama and Kerry weaklings? Of course they're not! In fact, only three weeks or so ago, they wanted to launch a dastardly strike on Syria are were taking a very hard line towards Iran. Thankfully that's changing as this is the first time that Barack Obama did something right!!!

      September 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Percy

      Thugboss!! If I recall correctly, the thug's were Bush/Cheney, they're the one's who started an use less war, that is still killing people, remember IRAQ?

      October 1, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  2. Mojojojo

    Wow, All of a sudden a new iranian president wants to talk and Obama and Kerry are gigling and thinking an "olive branch" will make him their new friend. He has them eating out of his hands. The unfamiliar thing for Obama is the iranian president is just like Obama. He has his agenda, and he will say whatever he has to say and Obama will believe him. How about letting this new guy prove himself first instead of giving him a "triple A" rating.

    September 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  3. David

    We have to protect Israel at all costs PERIOD

    September 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  4. petermaglaras

    You think it's bad that our President Obama has to talk to these people in the middle east. Guess what's going on in Arizona where Clinton was Governor. a drug that eats flesh & makes it fall off the bone.

    September 28, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  5. arman

    i think this is a good opportunity to reopen embassies in both countries and repatriate losses from the 1979 incident. iran has more in common with the US then either russia or china, the latter has contributed to the territorial decline of hisoric 'persia', as many central asian and caucasus republics were former iranian territory. american free-market economics is more agreeable and natural for iran then the mafia state putin can offer. if the islamic regime in iran is to be subverted into a more secular, normal society, this is part of that process.

    September 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  6. Kjgfte Gkuytr

    Proff that Obama is full of stupid...Obama does not end Das S.S. AKA secret sevice...DONT QUOTE ME ON THAT BIG BROTHER...infact Obama encourages spying on Americans who donate to Dems & everyone else. A nervious black militant mindset no doubt...AND DONT QUOTE ME ON THAT BIG BROTHER...

    September 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  7. Kjgfte Gkuytr

    Now on the other hand: Any Jew in the World should never support Dems in 2014 & 2016...

    September 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  8. Kjgfte Gkuytr

    You do relize that Obama did not actualy talk too the leader of Iran not even the #2 of Iran...

    September 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  9. Kjgfte Gkuytr

    Obamo Presidential libray is not a reason to fuc k up...but what do you expect...lazy is as lazy does...

    September 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  10. Kjgfte Gkuytr

    Stupid is as Stupid does this is why I cannot support Dems in 2014 & 2016. DONT QUOTE ME ON THAT BIG BROTHER...but understand the cryistal ball is looking like shi t storm for the US...

    September 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  11. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  12. joe d

    to bad Israeli/jew and AIPAC shylock hands are in the wallets of every American...taking from all and bribing congress with your money.they have done more damge to the U.S. then all muslim terrorists combined. Americans wake up, stop doing their dirty work and boot the feces back to europe or russia or under whatever rock they crawled from

    September 27, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  13. Random

    I don't make anything at all over this personally. Iran has no intention of stopping. It is just a delay tactic until there is some meat from it. Even syria gets more credit. Im happy to protest a bit to get russia a chance to retain their interest while eliminating the problem, but Im not even excited or tempted at this in any way. Iran has more undercover sites than any other country. It will take some serious ACTIONS to even get me to consider giving iran an out. Quite frankly Id like to bomb Iran (threw the military obviously) just for the 32 years of vitriol.
    I believe russia wants to avoid syria getting bombed. I dont believe iran will ever stop. The ball is in their hands. But it will take them stopping before I would even consider this legit. Stop making material, stop stockpiling it, that is something I see zero chance for. . . and that comes from one of the first americans to consider the disarm move. I just dont put any weight into irans words what so ever. If the gov wanted to bomb them I would not protest it in hopes of this panning out.

    Iran , your words of peace mean nothing. Put up , or shut up. Im not even going to post on posts on iran until they materialize their words with actions.

    September 27, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • Grammy

      But you just did.

      September 28, 2013 at 12:17 am | Reply
  14. saeed

    iran will not sell out assad for frendship with the usa and britain and thats good usa is going to turn iran into dubai with western skyscrapers usa is going to destroy iran with evil damaging western culture i say to the iranians fight these evil demon western culture destroy these evil jews.

    September 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • Shivermetimbers

      I agree with you in that the Israeli government is not trustworthy today. They keep stealing Palestinian land and are always causing terrorism elsewhere. Sadly my own leaders are a bunch of dirtbags, with a few exceptions. Many of our congressmen and senators bow down to their Zionist masters and not to us, the people.

      September 27, 2013 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • Random

      Western culture is about as evil as mid east culture. We just have flushing toilets, running water, utilities. We kill each other over our own opinions we dont need to invoke god to justify it. Both are evil, if you want to be intellectually honest.
      The dangerous one thinks it is inspired by god and righteous , Personally I believe the side that says yes , we both are evil, is closer to the truth than a side that points fingers while invoking the fairy sky monster to delude themselves to think it is right.

      September 27, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  15. kirk

    Iranian media says CNN lied; Rouhani does NOT believe in Holocaust

    September 26, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      The issue here is not about the holocaust or what a right wing Iranian newspaper says it's about negotiations that may or may not lessen the nuclear tensions between Iran, Israel and the US.

      September 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  16. Cyrus

    These guys are one of the big boys on the block. They have more control in middle east then US does. Not having a talk with them and settling this would be a big diplomatic mistake giving the fact that we don't have enough sources to control such small country like Syria, we failed in Iraq picking up a fight with these guys are biggest mistake not forgetting that china and Russia are one of their best allies. Disarming Pakistan India Saudi Arabic and Israel would be a peaceful solution for the region then givin one the nucks and ask the other guy to fight with forks and knives

    September 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  17. jtj33

    The Fars News network, a semi-official news agency with ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, denied that Rouhani ever referred to the Holocaust by name, and accused CNN of “fabricating,” and making his statements appear more moderate in his interview with Christiane Amanpour, which aired on the network Wednesday.

    “CNN officials seem to be escaping their responsibility of informing the public honestly,” Fars News wrote on their English site. “During the interview, the CNN aired an English translation of President Rouhani's remarks which was totally inaccurate and untrustworthy, and in some parts contained sentences which were not at all uttered by the president.”

    More lies from the President's news agency. The Communist News Network (deep voice) "This is CNN".

    September 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      ...I thought it stood for colored New Network – LOL and the headline around the world right now today is "CNN Lied "

      September 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  18. Don't Bother Talking To Towel Heads

    What the Towel Head wants is for the US to get rid of all nukes. Not gonna happen. The ball's back in your court Towel Head. Get rid of yours or else.

    September 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Is that you again Phunnie boy, posting the above? It sounds exactly like what you'd say! At least, you forgot to use my name.

      September 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  19. Portland tony

    Well, any dialog between adversaries is better than none. I'm sure we have had informal "secret" negotiations with Iran over the past 30 years which have led to absolutely nothing of substance. Perhaps with the changing political spheres of influence in the Middle East, some common ground on Nuclear and other issues including Israeli security can be worked out. If not, so be it.

    September 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      If Israel really wants peace with Iran, then they will have to do their own work! These negotiations between the US and Iran should never include the word "Israel". This word would spoil any progress. Israel is supposed to be our ally, but they don't behave this way. Whenever Israel gets upset with us, they fire up the bulldozers and go destroy some more Palestinian homes to create more settlements! During Obama's term in office, this has happened over and over again!
      Israel is simply a big tick on America's back sucking all the blood they can get! Their huge lobby in Washington ensures every congress person would never cast a vote against them! Fortunately, Israel cannot lobby the White House!
      We cannot lose this opportunity to create better relations with Iran and solve many long lingering problems. But WE should NOT be negotiating for Israel!!! Israel must do their own work (however distasteful this is to them).

      September 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Reply

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