US, Iran foreign ministers to hold first nuclear talks this week
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - In a diplomatic breakthrough, the foreign ministers of arch rivals, the United States and Iran, will hold their first talks on Teheran's contested nuclear drive at a landmark meeting on Thursday.
Secretary of State John Kerry and new Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will join counterparts from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia at the meeting at United Nations headquarters, US officials said on Monday.
High-level contacts between Iranian and US officials have been rare since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But in another sign of a possible thaw, the White House said it was not ruling out a meeting between President Barack Obama and new Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani on the sidelines of this week's UN General Assembly.
The encounter between Mr Zarif and Mr Kerry comes as Iran calls for the easing of crippling international sanctions over its uranium enrichment.