US would hold direct talks if Iran is serious: Biden
MUNICH (AP) - The United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions, Vice-President Joe Biden said on Saturday, but he insisted that Tehran must show it is serious and Washington will not engage in such talks "just for the exercise".
Washington has indicated in the past that it is prepared to talk directly with Iran, and talks involving all five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany have made little headway. Several rounds of international sanctions have cut into Iran's oil sales and financial transactions.
Last month, Iran, in a defiant move ahead of a new round of talks expected soon with the six powers, announced plans to vastly increase its pace of uranium enrichment. That can be used to make both reactor fuel and the fissile core of warheads.
Mr Biden told an international security conference that "there is still time, there is still space for diplomacy backed by pressure to succeed." He did not specify any timeframe.