TEHRAN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Tuesday said there will be no direct meeting between the Iranian and U.S. officials at the UN General Assembly.
Media reports have speculated on a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN assembly session, however, Afkham denied in her weekly press briefing such planned and direct meeting between Iran and the U.S. officials over disputed subjects.
Rouhani, who left here on Monday to New York, will give a speech in the UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday.
But the spokeswoman insisted that the trip of Rouhani to New York to participate in the UN General Assembly is significant since "he will convey the Iranian message of peace and constructive interactions with the world."
The president will deliver important speeches on different subjects in different sessions and hold important meetings with the leaders of the countries, religious leaders and the media circles, she said.
Meanwhile, Afkham urged the world powers to be "serious" in the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 scheduled to be held in New York this week.
"We hope to see the seriousness of the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany) in the talks for developing a timetable for a solution" to Iran's nuclear issue, she said.
"The meeting of the foreign ministers of the P5+1 and Iran will take place on Thursday (in the UN headquarters) and the talks is a sign of readiness for the resumption of a new round of nuclear negotiations," she added.
On Monday, Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said Iran and the P5+1 will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue.
The announcement followed her meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN headquarters on Monday. She called her meeting with Zarif as "good and constructive."
Both Iran's new government and the world powers have shown interest of resuming nuclear talks after the last round of negotiations, which were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in April ended without tangible results.
As for the uranium enrichment activities of the country, Afkham reiterated Rouhani's earlier remarks, saying that "Iran has announced its clear position about the Iranians' rights for possessing peaceful energy program and enriching (uranium) in its soil."
Western states have been long accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapon under cover of civilian nuclear program, but Iran says the suspicion is baseless and fabricated.