In an interview with National Public Radio, U.S. President Barack Obama says diplomacy with Iran hinges on Tehran agreeing to long-term deal to curb its nuclear program. Gavino Garay reports.
In an exclusive with NPR's Steve Inskeep, U.S. President Barack Obama is questioned about his Iran policy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NPR REPORTER STEVE INSKEEP SAYING: "Is there any scenario under which you can envision, in your final two years, opening a U.S. embassy in Tehran?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "I was asked very early in my -- my presidential race back in 2007 -- would I meet with these various rogue regimes? And what I said then remains true. If I thought it advances American interests, yes; I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement. Washington's stance on Iran hinges on whether or not Tehran agrees to a long-term deal that would curb its nuclear program, while easing crippling economic sanctions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "There's a chance to do it and the question's going to be whether or not Iran is willing to seize it." Iran says its nuclear program is for energy use. Further talks on the deal begin next June.