Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi rejected media reports on talks between Iran and the United States.
Asked about some reports emerged in social media that the US has sent a message to Iran via Russia for talks between the two countries’ top diplomats, Mousavi rejected the “fake news” and said that Tehran is not involved in any talks with the US officials at any level, according to IRNA.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for New York on Saturday to take part in the annual gathering of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The high-level UN meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to tackle a wide range of issues including conflict, hunger, gender equality and climate change by 2030.
According to Mousavi, Zarif will later leave the US for Venezuela, where he would attend the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), according to Press TV.
The top Iranian diplomat will then travel to South America to hold bilateral meetings in Nicaragua and Bolivia.
Zarif’s trip to New York comes in the wake of the US administration’s earlier plan to blacklist the top Iranian diplomat.
US President Donald Trump on June 24 announced new sanctions against Iran targeting Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said then Zarif would be blacklisted that week.
However, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday that the US had decided not to impose sanctions on Zarif “for now” but did not give specific reasons for it.