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Briefing Skipper: Burns in Geneva, Mottaki in DC, HRC to Ireland, missing diplomat

In which we scour the transcript of the State Department's daily presser so you don't have to. Here are the highlights of today's briefing by spokesman Ian Kelly:

  • Under secretary of state William Burns met one-on-one with the Iranian delegation head Saeed Jalili in Geneva today, Kelly said. Many issues were discussed, including the fate of three detained hikers, and another meeting will take place before the end of October. "It was also agreed ... that low-enriched uranium produced in Iran would be transported to third countries for further enrichment and fabrication into fuel assemblies," he added. Iran also apparently agreed to let inspectors visit the secretive Qom facility.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was in Washington yesterday, stayed overnight, and left town this morning, Kelly said. He didn't meet with any current U.S. officials, but he was the highest- ranking Iranian official to be granted a visa since 1978.
  • The U.S. is sending a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Indonesia to aid in the aftermath of the earthquake there. $3 million has been set aside in relief assistance funds. No American casualties known as of now.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's next trip will be to Ireland, the UK, and Russia. In Russia, she'll no doubt be discussing the follow-on to the START nuclear-reductions treaty.
  • Vice Consul James Hogan has gone missing in Curacao.


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