Politics

Report: Obama Team Planning Iranian Outreach Post

Barack Obama is planning to create a new administration post meant to reach out to Iran, The Washington Times reported Friday. 

Such a move would support the president-elect's pledge during the campaign to engage the rogue nation. 

The Times quoted a State Department official who said Obama's team discussed naming a senior Iranian outreach coordinator in early meetings with Hillary Clinton, Obama's pick for secretary of state. 

Iranian specialists also said the position was in the works. Obama's team has made no official announcement on the creation of such a post. 

Obama drew criticism from his GOP rival John McCain during the presidential campaign for saying he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Though the Bush administration has traditionally refused to negotiate with Iran without preconditions, Undersecretary of State William Burns attended a meeting in Switzerland over the summer with an Iranian nuclear official. 

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