July 20, 2008
GENEVA – A U.S. decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks fizzled Saturday, with Tehran stonewalling and the Bush administration emphasizing that the choice for Iranian leaders is cooperation or confrontation.
“We hope the Iranian people understand that their leaders need to make a choice between cooperation, which would bring benefits to all, and confrontation, which can only lead to further isolation,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement after talks in Geneva between Iran and the European Union as well as a U.S. envoy.
Saturday’s talks were the first to include the United States.
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