UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the United States would engage with Iran diplomatically over its long-running nuclear issue, and he has instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue diplomatic negotiations with Tehran.
"I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road toward a different relationship, one based on mutual interests and mutual respect," said Obama in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning.
"We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy. Instead, we insist that the Iranian government meet its responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and UN Security Council resolutions," he added.
Obama noted that the recent pledge by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to forswear nuclear weapons should serve as a foundation for a meaningful agreement.
Stressing that the disputes with Iran on the nuclear program can't be resolved overnight, Obama said he firmly believed "the diplomatic path must be tested."
In an effort to build on diplomatic opportunities, Kerry will meet on Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif along with representatives of other world powers, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, to discuss the Iranian nuclear program.
It will be the highest-level encounter between Washington and Tehran since the two countries severed relations in 1980.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran seeks "constructive engagement" with other countries based on mutual respect and common interest, pledging never to develop nuclear weapons.
While addressing the UN General Assembly here for the first time as president, Rouhani said that Iran and other actors should pursue a political solution for the nuclear issue of Iran. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani will not meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, said a senior Obama administration official Tuesday.
The senior official told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that Washington is open to having discussion with the Iranians "at any level" but they did not have any plan for a formal bilateral meeting at the presidential level at the United Nations. Full story