Washington and Tehran have agreed to temporarily set aside their differences and meet in Baghdad for limited talks on the security of Iraq. The surprise move comes amid rising tensions between the two nations, which have been publicly taunting each other in recent days.


AP via SFGate:

The U.S. and Iran said Sunday they will hold upcoming talks in Baghdad about improving Iraq’s security — a historic political turnabout for the two countries with the most influence over Iraq’s future.

Expectations of progress remain low, however, with tough issues at stake and mutual suspicions running high. Even as it announced the talks, Iran lashed out at Vice President Dick Cheney’s weekend warnings about its nuclear program, saying it would retaliate if the U.S. attacked it.

Yet the two sides said they were setting aside such differences to focus on a narrow issue — Iraq’s continued violence and sharp political deterioration.

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