TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the country’s top diplomat and his US counterpart held no talks in New York save for a ministerial meeting of Iran and six world powers.
“As we have said before, during Dr (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif’s recent trip to New York, there was no meeting between the two officials except for a multilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of (Iran and) the Group 5+1 held on sidelines of (the 71st Session of the United Nations) General Assembly,” Qassemi said, referring to remarks made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about having held extensive talks with Zarif in New York.
On September 19, dignitaries from 193 nations gathered for a week of speeches and sideline meetings at the annual UN General Assembly in New York.
Zarif attended the UN general assembly and held talks with counterparts from Asian, European and neighboring countries.
The top diplomat also held talks with the European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and some foreign ministers of the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on issues of bilateral and international significance as well as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1.
“We raised the issue of Washington’s non-compliance with the JCPOA during the meeting,” Zarif later said of his talks with Tillerson.
He added that the ministerial meeting was held to show “consensus among the G5+1 countries” on remaining committed to the nuclear agreement.