Obama looking for openings with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says his administration is looking for opportunities to open face-to-face talks with Iran, but that years of mistrust will be hard to overcome.

At last night's news conference he said it's also time for Iran to send some signals that it wants to act differently.

The president repeated the usual list of U.S. complaints against Iran, including financial support for alleged Middle East terrorist groups and "bellicose language" directed at Israel.

He also said Iran's nuclear program threatens to rock the Middle East and could set off a new arms race.

And on Afghanistan, he said he's reviewing a war strategy that's failed to root out terrorists and insurgents.

He said he's not going to allow al-Qaida or Osama bin Laden to "operate with impunity, planning attacks on the U.S. homeland."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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