Iranian media: Kerry has asked to visit Tehran
Earlier this month, The Cable broke the news that Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry, D-MA, had pitched the idea of going to Tehran, in what would be the highest-level U.S. public visit in decades. The Wall Street Journal followed last week, confirming that Kerry suggested the idea and reporting that the White House ...
Earlier this month, The Cable broke the news that Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry, D-MA, had pitched the idea of going to Tehran, in what would be the highest-level U.S. public visit in decades.
The Wall Street Journal followed last week, confirming that Kerry suggested the idea and reporting that the White House was not opposed to it. Kerry subsequently denied to The Cable that he had plans to go but didn’t deny that he had floated the idea.
Today, several Iranian news outlets are reporting that Kerry has officially submitted a request to visit Tehran. Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast are among the Iranian officials who have reportedly confirmed that.
Mehman-Parast said that the request had been referred to Iran’s Parliament, which was "exploring" the idea.
Spokespeople for Kerry didn’t respond to requests for comment on the matter.
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