Do they really think meaningless talks with a terror regime is going to stop them from building a nuclear weapon? Sadly, the answer is yes.

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed Friday night that the US is willing to hold bilateral talks with Iran, if Tehran were “ready to engage.”

She also said that the US was prepared to take reciprocal confidence-building steps alongside “verifiable” moves by Iran.

Clinton said that in the meantime Washington is consulting with the other world powers in the P5+1 negotiating team – England, France, Germany, China and Russia – on how to proceed.

“Right now we’re working on the P5+1 and making our willingness known that we’re ready to have a bilateral discussion if they’re ever ready to engage,” Clinton said at the Saban Forum.

“Should Iran finally be ready to engage in serious negotiations, we are ready,” she said. “When Iran is prepared to take confidence-building measures that are verifiable, we are prepared to reciprocate.”

Keep reading…

Update: Keep in mind Obama has already sent two personal letters to Ayatollah Khamenei begging him to talk with us. He was snubbed both times.

(JPost) — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that direct, comprehensive talks with the US were possible, but only if approved by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Salehi’s remarks to the official IRNA news agency come in response to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Friday comments that the US would be willing to hold bilateral talks if Tehran were “ready to engage.” She also said that the US was prepared to take reciprocal confidence-building steps alongside “verifiable” moves by Iran.