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White House: 'No Truth' to Report Suggesting Obama Is Arranging Visit to Iran

In this Nov. 24, 2013 photo shows President Barack Obama waving as he leaves the White House in Washington for a trip to Seattle, Wash. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The White House on Monday denied a report circulating on the Internet that suggested President Barack Obama was actively arranging a trip to visit Iran next year.

"There is no truth to the report," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan told TheBlaze in an email.

[sharequote align="center"]"There is no truth to the report"[/sharequote]

Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reported last month that Obama wanted to visit the Islamic Republic in 2014.

"Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year," the report stated, based on a Google translation of the website.


"He wants to be the first U.S. president to visit Iran since the Khomeini revolution in order to show that he is an advocate of peace and dialogue even with those who chant death to America," Al-Jarida added in their report.

On Monday that report was published by a conservative outlet and then widely circulated on the Internet

Late last month, the Obama administration struck a landmark deal with Iran over its nuclear program. After long negotiations, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear ambitions in exchange for the U.S. easing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The deal came after Obama held a historic phone call with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in September. That phone call represented the highest level contact the two countries have had in decades.

This post has been updated.


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