US President Barack Obama speaks on September 24, 2015 in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC
US President Barack Obama speaks on September 24, 2015 in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC © Mandel Ngan - AFP
US President Barack Obama speaks on September 24, 2015 in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC
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Last updated: September 25, 2015

No plans for Obama-Rouhani meeting in New York: White House

US President Barack Obama has no plans to meet Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during the UN General Assembly next week in New York, the White House said Thursday.

"We currently do not have any plans for a meeting with President Rouhani and we are really not expecting one," said Ben Rhodes, a senior Obama foreign policy aide.

The UN General Assembly will mark the first time the two leaders will be in the same venue since the historic July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- ended a 13-year standoff over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.

Two years ago, the possibility of a handshake between Obama and Rouhani at the annual gathering had sparked much speculation. It ended up not taking place.

In the end, the two presidents spoke over the phone once the General Assembly was over, in a first contact at that level between the United States and Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The phone call took place as Rouhani was leaving New York and heading to the airport.

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