UNITED NATIONS — Foreign ministers from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany will meet with Iran’s top diplomat Thursday to test the Islamic Republic’s apparent willingness to reach a deal to resolve international concerns about its nuclear program.
The meeting on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly is aimed at paving the way for the first round of substantive negotiations on the nuclear issue since April, probably next month. It will also mark the highest-level direct contact between the United States and Iran in six years as Secretary of State John Kerry comes face-to-face with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany will participate, with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton serving as host of the meeting.
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