White House doubtful Obama would visit Iran

White House doubtful Obama would visit Iran
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President Obama is unlikely to make a trip to Iran before he leaves office, the White House said Wednesday. 
“I think the trip to Cuba was probably enough in terms of, you know, breaking a longstanding taboo," deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with Obama in Saudi Arabia.
Obama struck a landmark nuclear agreement last year with the longtime U.S. adversary. But it hasn’t re-established formal diplomatic relations with Tehran, which were cut off after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, or removed it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. 
Rhodes said the administration would continue to engage with Iran on areas of mutual concern, such as the Syrian civil war. That outreach is primarily conducted by Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRubio asks Barr to investigate Kerry over Iran meetings Harris demands Barr clarify if Trump has asked him to investigate anyone Kerry fires back after Trump accuses him of violating the Logan Act: 'He's wrong' MORE and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. 
Media reports in Iran recently indicated President Hassan Rouhani is seeking a meeting with Obama. But Rhodes suggested that too in unlikely to happen. 
"The president has always indicated that he is willing to engage the Iranian leadership if he believes that that could make progress on different issues. He’s spoken to President Rouhani on the phone," Rhodes said. 
"The fact of the matter is we haven’t seen from the Iranians, I think, a desire for that level of engagement," he added. "They’ve really focused on the channel between our foreign ministers. And so that’s where I think it’s most likely to continue."