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Iran: un nuclear talks 'new era'

IRAN has hailed a UN meeting on restarting nuclear talks as the beginning of a "new era" in relations with the west.

The comments from the foreign ministry came as its new president Hasan Rouhani took the lead in the country's delegation to the annual UN General assembly in new York. iran's foreign minister is expected

to meet us secretary of state john Kerry and counterparts from the other permanent security Council members and Germany tomorrow to discuss reviving stalled negotiations over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

in Tehran a foreign ministry spokeswoman described the upcoming meeting as the "beginning for nuclear talks in the new era".

The west suspects Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon. iran denies it. US president Barack Obama welcomed Iran's pursuit of a "more moderate course", saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough.

"The roadblocks may prove to be too great but i firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested," he said during an address to the UN General assembly.

He said recent statements by Mr Rouhani should offer the basis for a meaningful agreement on iran's disputed nuclear programme.

Mr Obama, reflecting the scepticism of many around the world, said Mr Rouhani's "conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable".

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