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White House: 'Absolutely no truth' to Valerie Jarrett-Iran talks report

The White House is blasting reports that administration officials were engaged with closed talks with Iran without briefing Israel.

“There is absolutely no truth whatsoever to the rumors put forth by anonymous sources that Valerie Jarrett has ever been involved in secret talks with Iranian officials,” White House Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan told the Sun-Times on Monday.

The remarks are in response to a report by the Israeli press that, citing anonymous sources, said U.S. and Iran had been secretly in talks for a year over Iran’s nuclear program.

A report in the Israeli press citing unnamed senior Israeli officials, said a U.S. team led by Valerie Jarrett met with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi in various Gulf states.