Britain awaits 'concrete' steps by Iran: Hague
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The international community is waiting for "concrete steps" by Iran before moving to improve relations with the country's new government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday.
After meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mr Hague welcomed conciliatory statements by the new government and said moves could be made to end a suspension in ties since Britain's Tehran embassy was ransacked in November 2011.
Mr Hague said he and Mr Zarif had discussed Iran's contested nuclear programme, the Syria conflict and signals coming from President Hassan Rowhani that he wants better relations with the West.
Britain "does not seek a confrontational relationship with Iran, as I explained to the foreign minister, and we are open to better relations," Mr Hague told reporters.