Iran's nuclear proposal serious and substantial -White House

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - A proposal offered by Iraniannegotiators in Geneva aimed at addressing its nuclear programshows a level of seriousness and substance that the UnitedStates had never seen before, the White House said on Wednesday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Iranian proposalwas very useful although he cautioned that "no one should expecta breakthrough overnight."

The Iran proposal emerged in Geneva where chief negotiatorsfrom Iran and six world powers met this week. It came less thana month after President Barack Obama and Iranian PresidentHassan Rouhani talked by phone in the highest-level contactbetween the two countries in decades.

"We found the Iranian presentation very useful," Carneysaid. "The Iranian proposal was a new proposal with a level ofseriousness and substance that we had not seen before."

He declined to get into details about it.

"No one should expect a breakthrough overnight. These arecomplicated issues. They are technical issues and as thepresident has said, the history of mistrust is very deep," hesaid.

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