The Department of State noted that the United States is set to discuss Iran’s nuclear dossier in Vienna.
The U.S. administration is set to discuss Tehran’s nuclear dossier in Vienna and not to hold a personal meeting for this purpose between U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahiyan at the current session of the UN General Assembly (GA) in New York. This was announced on Monday by Erica Barks-Ruggles, executive officer of the Bureau for International Organizations of the U.S. State Department.
“As I said, we expect that our discussions will continue in the Vienna format,” she said at a special telephone briefing for journalists, which was dedicated to the participation of the U.S. Foreign Minister in UNGA events. Barks-Ruggles was asked a direct question about whether the chief of American diplomacy plans to meet with his Iranian counterpart in New York.
At the same time, the representative of the U.S. State Department clarified that the American delegation during its stay in New York would negotiate on the return to compliance with the nuclear deal with Iran with partners in the five UN Security Council and Germany. “As for Iran, we [the United States] remain committed to the path we have been moving along: meaningful diplomacy aimed at ensuring mutual implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. And the [U.S.] administration will continue to consult in New York with other members of the permanent five of the UN Security Council and Germany on these issues, as well as with friends and allies representing the [Middle East] region,” Barks – Ruggles said.
“We continue to conduct these negotiations, as you know, at the level of [US Special Representative for Iran] Robert Malley. We expect that this will continue to be a platform for such [negotiations],” the U.S. Foreign Ministry official stressed.