"U.S. officials said Thursday that an Iranian offer to allow the country's nuclear experts to meet with American and other scientists was not enough to ease concerns about that country's nuclear program.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the proposal in an interview with Washington Post and Newsweek journalists on Wednesday, calling it a confidence-building measure.
But a State Department official said further measures were needed to provide assurances that Iran was not trying to produce nuclear weapons. Iran insists it is simply trying to generate energy.
"I don't think just talking to scientists opens up their nuclear program," said the U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to be more candid.
The official added that there was "a real sense of urgency" in the U.S. government about Iran's nuclear program.
"We really hope they come armed with some serious proposals on Oct. 1," he said, referring to a scheduled meeting between a senior Iranian diplomat and counterparts from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. It will be the first formal U.S.-Iranian meeting since President Obama took office.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the administration had not received any offer from Iran to provide access to its nuclear experts. He said he did not want to prejudge how the U.S. government would respond.
"There are no details on this. I think we'd have a lot of questions about it," he said. "
Outwitted again!! Damnation!! How do these Iranians do it? They have sent their little creep of a president to New York to speak among all the other Kennedy Assasination theorists and then they wheel out an offer of a "deceptive" chance to talk to their atomic scientists. To top that they offer to buy uranium from us. How demonic! They know we want to sell! Sell! Sell!
We will probably find a way to thwart this plot. pl