Iranian President indicates willingness to negotiate with the United States
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 world leaders gathered for the annual meeting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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UNITED NATIONS - Although the Presidents of the United States and Iran will not meet while both leaders are at the United Nations, the Iranian leader says he is open to talks 'to manage differences' between the two countries.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani made the remark during his address Tuesday. He said Iran is prepared to engage in nuclear negotiations under certain conditions.
Nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers have been stalled for months but Iran agreed to a new meeting this Thursday on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
Rouhani says every issue can be resolved through moderation and rejection of violence.
Senior U.S. officials said President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani will not meet while both leaders are at the United Nations.
The officials say a meeting proved to be too complicated for the Iranians. But they say work is under way at the staff level to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear program.
U.S. and Iranian leaders have not met in 36 years.
The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.
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