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Iran to America: Make your intentions clear

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BAGHDAD – Don't expect any gestures to the United States from Iran anytime soon.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was in Baghdad Wednesday, told reporters that the Islamic Republic wouldn't be offering any confidence-building measures designed to bring about immediate talks between the two long-time adversaries.

While he said that Tehran welcomes promised changes from the Obama administration, it's up to the US to make its intentions clear.

“The American government should give a clear picture toward its policy [with Iran],” said Mr. Mottaki, speaking in Farsi through an Arabic interpreter.

He also ruled out reviving tripartite talks with Iraq and the US, saying improved Iraqi security no longer warranted the three-party discussions. Iraq has hosted three ambassadorial-level meetings between the US and Iran that were seen as a breakthrough in the US-Iranian willingness to meet. The meetings, however, produced no real results.

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