UNITED NATIONS, September 17 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken does not plan to meet his new Iranian counterpart next week at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Friday .
Indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna on relaunching a 2015 deal, aimed at limiting Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, ended in June. Tehran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes only.
Die-hard Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi took office in August and his foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian is due to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
“We have engaged with the Iranians and in Vienna, and these discussions will continue,” Thomas-Greenfield told reporters.
“We haven’t made any direct plans for bilateral meetings while they’re here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see the point in having discussions with the Iranians because we want to move forward on the related issues. at JCPOA, “she said.
The nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the deal, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of numerous foreign sanctions against it.
However, former US President Donald Trump abandoned the pact in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions, prompting Tehran to start violating some of the nuclear limits in 2019.