(WASHINGTON) — Will U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, at next week’s UN General Assembly?
The State Department hasn’t said.
“I don’t know,” a senior State Department official said Friday. “There’s nothing on his schedule.”
Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is seen as more moderate than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and after Rouhani’s Washington Post op-ed, recent tweets, and declarations in an interview that Iran is willing to negotiate about its nuclear program and will never pursue a bomb, many are wondering whether the U.S. and Iran will talk next week.
Some have asked if President Obama will meet with Rouhani, after the president told ABC News that he has passed a letter to Rouhani. MoveOn.org is circulating a petition calling on Obama to meet with Rouhani at UNGA.
In his recent interview, Rouhani signaled Iran is willing to meet with the U.S. and negotiate.
“The problem won’t be from our side,” Rouhani said.
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