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White House: No Envoy To Iran

By Eileen O'Connor/CNN

WASHINGTON (Dec. 29) - The White House denies sending a member of the U.S. House of Representatives to Iran.

"We have no intention of sending an envoy, " said National Security Council spokesperson Eric Rubin.

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) is reportedly travelling in the region. "We had no knowledge of his trip and know nothing of his travel plans," Rubin said. There was no one in Lantos' office available to comment on his whereabouts.

President Bill Clinton has called recent remarks by the new president of Iran, Mohammad Khatemi, as encouraging, but insists the administration is looking for "deeds and not words."

Clinton says he remains open to a dialogue with Iran, but that all topics must be under discussion, including evidence of Iran's sponsorship of international terrorism, its opposition to the Middle East peace process, and its reported development of weapons of mass destruction.

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