US denies claims of direct talks with Tehran
The White House has denied a report that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.
"It's not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections," National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement released by the White House.
"It has always been our goal for sanctions to pressure Iran to come in line with its obligations," he said.
The report in The New York Times which was based on discussions with Obama administration officials, came as Iran is believed to be building a nuclear weapon and as a result is under heavy economic sanctions.
According to the report, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, was said to have the last word on whether the first-ever talks should happen.
Israel has warned that Iran is close to achieving nuclear capability and has pushed for the United State to take military action if needed, the report added.