UNITED NATIONS - US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster international support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers set for Thursday even as Iran's new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations.
The meeting in New York involves a very rare encounter between top officials of the United States and Iran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with Kerry as well as diplomats from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany at a session aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
Ahead of the session, Kerry said he looked forward to a "good meeting" but would not address what Iran needed to do to show a genuine desire to address its nuclear program.
The meeting with Zarif was set for 4 p.m. (2000 GMT).
Just hours before the start of the talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Kerry secured agreement from his Chinese counterpart calling for Iran to respond positively to existing nuclear proposals by the six world powers, US officials said.