- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it has decided to participate directly in group talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, marking another shift from former President George W. Bush’s policy.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Wednesday the United States would be at the table from now on when senior diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany meet with Iranian officials to discuss the nuclear issue. The Bush administration had generally shunned such meetings.

Wood said the decision was conveyed to representatives of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia by the third-ranking U.S. diplomat, William Burns, at a meeting earlier Wednesday in London.

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