The White House contended on Sunday that Iran’s president wasn’t in charge of his country’s foreign policy and said his criticism of Washington was little more than bloviations. President Barack Obama’s top adviser, David Axelrod, said the U.S. remains open to meeting, alongside its European allies, with Iran in Paris in an effort to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. “We are not looking to reward Iran. We are looking to … sit down and talk to the Iranians and offer them two paths. And one brings them back into the community of nations, and the other has some very stark consequences,” Axelrod said.