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Report: State Dept. composed letter to Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. State Department officials have drafted a letter to Iran from President Obama aimed at changing the tone of relations between the two countries, according to a British newspaper.

The Guardian reported Thursday that the State Department had been working on drafts of the letter since Obama’s election. It says the letter is being considered by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as part of a review of U.S. policy on Iran, but that no decision about sending the missive has been made.

The article said that three drafts of the letter — which would be addressed to the Iranian people and sent directly to either Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, or released as an open letter — have been written. It would assure Iranians that the United States does not want to overthrow the Iranian government, but would like to see a change in the regime’s behavior.