Iran Dismisses Possibility of US Strike

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- It's not exactly an olive branch being extended by Tehran. But Iran is dismissing the possibility of a U.S. military strike, and a Foreign Ministry spokesman says his country is ready to consider a new round of talks with Washington on security in Iraq.

The Bush administration has held three sessions of ambassador-level talks with Iran about Iraq since May. But the U.S. has also kept up pressure on Tehran over its alleged support for Shiite militias in Iraq and for allegedly developing nuclear weapons. Iran has continually denied both charges.

Relations between Washington and Tehran ended in 1979 when the U.S. Embassy was seized, and militant students held 52 American hostages for 444 days.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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