News ID: 219717
Published: 0300 GMT August 11, 2018

Zarif: No meeting with US officials at UNGA

Zarif: No meeting with US officials at UNGA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ruled out plans for a meeting with American officials on the sidelines of next month’s session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Zarif was asked by Tasnim News Agency whether there was any plan to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.

"No, there will be no meeting," was the blunt response from Zarif.

Dismissing speculations about talks between Iranian and American officials, the top diplomat said Iran has repeatedly announced its policy and President Hassan Rouhani has also expressed Iran’s formal stance on US President Donald Trump’s recent offer for talks with Tehran.

“The Americans are not honest. Moreover, they are entangled in their addiction; the addiction of (imposing) sanctions will not allow any dialogue to take place,” Zarif said.

The top diplomat also rejected reports that Oman is mediating between Tehran and Washington, saying the Islamic Republic has routine diplomatic contacts with its neighbors and friends without any third party being involved.

Trump has offered talks on a "more comprehensive deal" but Iran has said talks will cannot be held while sanctions are in place and while US has withdrawn from Iran nuclear deal.


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