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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking during a press conference held at Washington’s State Department on September 16, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has no plans to meet with his new Iranian counterpart next week at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, U.S. On Friday, Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield stated.

The direct talks between Iran, the United States and Vienna to revive a 2015 agreement, which was intended to limit Iran’s potential for developing a nuclear weapons, ended in June. Tehran claims that its nuclear program serves peaceful energy only.

Ebrahim Rasii, Iran’s hardline President, was elected in August. Hossein Amirabdollahian will be traveling to New York as part of the U.N. General Assembly.

Thomas-Greenfield told reporters that she had been engaging with Iranians in Vienna. “Those discussions will continue,” Thomas said.

She said that although we haven’t made plans to meet bilaterally with them while they’re here, it doesn’t mean we are not interested in having talks with them. “We do see the value of moving forward on JCPOA issues.”

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as “JCPOA” is the Iran nuclear deal. In return for lifting many of its foreign sanctions, Iran agreed to curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Trump’s departure from the accord in 2018 led to the imposition of harsh sanctions. This caused Tehran to violate some nuclear limits.

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