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Obama Won't Say If Iranian Diplomats Still Invited to July 4 Parties

1:05 PM, Jun 23, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said on Monday that Iranian diplomats are still welcome to attend Fourth of July parties at U.S. embassies around the world:

"There's no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats," Kelly said. "We have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with Iran. And -- and we tried many years of isolation, and we're pursuing a different path now."

Fox News's Major Garrett asked the president at the ongoing press conference if that is still the case. Obama replied:

we don't have formal diplomatic relations with Iran. I think that we have said that if Iran chooses a path that abides by international norms and principles, then we are interested in healing some of the wounds of 30 years, in terms of U.S.-Iranian relations. But that is a choice that the Iranians are going to have to make.

Q But the offer still stands?

THE PRESIDENT: That's a choice the Iranians are going to have to make.

Does that mean there's a deadline by which the Iranian militias need to stop shooting innocent women in the streets in order to enjoy the July 4th barbecues?

Update: This post has been updated to include Obama's full response.