Catherine Ashton, the chief nuclear negotiator, told reporters after meeting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that she saw “energy and determination” for talks with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to move forward. Foreign ministers of the six nations are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. The meeting between the Western powers and Iran will be the first since April, when discussions on how to reduce fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology for weapons stalled at a meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The election of Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, considered a relative moderate in Iran’s hard-line clerical regime, has sparked speculation about possible movement on the nuclear issue. Rouhani said last month that the foreign ministry – not the Supreme National Security Council – will lead nuclear talks with world powers, a shift away from security officials being in control. On Monday, the State Department said the U.S. would work with Iran’s new president “should the Rouhani administration choose to engage seriously.” “We hope that the new Iranian government will engage substantively with the international community to reach a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program and to cooperate fully with the IAEA in its investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Ashton said she and her team will meet with Zarif again in October to follow up on Thursday’s meeting to continue their discussion on reviving long-stalled negotiations. “We had a good and constructive discussion,” she said of her half-hour meeting with Zarif. “We didn’t talk about the details of what we would do. The purpose of this meeting was to establish how we would go forward.” Will U.S. and Iran break diplomatic ice at U.N.?
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