Iran reportedly set for talks with U.S.
President Jalal Talabani said in remarks published Friday that the Iranians were ready to meet with the U.S. for talks about security issues — part of an apparent effort by Talabani to encourage a dialogue between two nations that are increasingly at odds, and vital to Iraq. Talabani’s comments, in an interview with the respected pan-Arab daily Al Hayat, came amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran. In recent weeks, the U.S. has built up naval forces in the Persian Gulf and raided an Iranian liaison office in northern. Iran meanwhile has stepped up military operations along its border, Iranians arriving in Iraq say. Full Story