If the story below turns out to be true I think there are going to be some pretty embarrassed faces at the Washington bureau of the NYT, not to mention the WP and a host of others.
As an IHT reader, as a fan, I am pretty frustrated that this story gets broken on Thursday, today, and I read about it online today at www.iht.com. Presumably it will be in tomorrow's International Herald Tribune?
The NYT likes to be right, not the first. We'll wait and see....
Paper says U.S. to establish Tehran presence
LONDON: The United States will announce in the next month that it plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years, a London newspaper said on Thursday.
In a front-page report, the Guardian said Washington would open a U.S. interests section in the Iranian capital, halfway towards opening an embassy.
The unsourced report by the newspaper's Washington correspondent said: "The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a U.S. interests section in Tehran, a halfway house to setting up a full embassy.
"The move will see U.S. diplomats stationed in the country."
Senior U.S. diplomat William Burns said in testimony to Congress last week the United States was looking to opening up an interest section in Tehran but had not made a decision yet.