Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

Obama Shakes Hands With Zarif on Sidelines of UN General Assembly

U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif shook hands on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly late Monday night, according to a U.S. Administration official who asked not to be identified, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

The greeting was the first handshake between a U.S. president and a senior Iranian official since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Bloomberg reported.

The same time on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York marked the first meeting of the Iranian foreign minister and six world powers - the U.S., Russia, China, France Germany, and the U.K. - since the declaration of the nuclear deal. The meeting, which lasted for an hour, monitored implementation of the nuclear deal.

The foreign minister of the EU Federica Mogherini said after the meeting that implementation of the agreement in Iran by the other powers is expected to begin in the early months of 2016. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said after the meeting that the U.S. will remove the sanctions imposed on Iran only when it implements its part in the agreement. He called on Iran to implement the agreement thoroughly and quickly.

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