October Surprise: Direct Talks with Iran? October 22, 2012 By Joseph Klein On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, which deals with foreign policy, the New York Times ran a lead story, citing unnamed Obama administration officials, that the United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Irans nuclear program. Iran reportedly has insisted that its direct talks with Washington should not begin until after the U.S. presidential election on November 6 and wants to broaden the scope of the discussions beyond just the nuclear enrichment issues. Denials from both sides quickly followed. Its not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections, U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement quoted by Reuters. --- October Surprise: Direct Talks with Iran?