Iran open to top-level talks with US: Foreign minister

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran is ready to engage in high-level talks with long-time foe the United States, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in comments published on Thursday by official news agency IRNA.

"A meeting is not an end in itself, nor is it ruled out... President (Hassan) Rouhani has no problem in principle" with meeting US President Barack Obama, Mr Zarif said.

"It would have been a good beginning," he said of speculation that such a meeting was to take place this week in New York, but in the end never did.