Speaking in the sidelines of the cabinet session today, Zarif said in answer to the question whether he has had talks with the negotiating sides and what measures have been taken to that effect "Our first meeting will be held in the sidelines of the General Assembly and there I will speak to Mrs. Ashton on the topic how the negotiations will progress. We have no plan for direct negotiations with US officials but the US is a 5+1 member and they have had negotiations with Iranian officials at that level. Naturally if the 5+1 is willing to further the job through political will we will negotiate with the 5+1 and Americans are also there in this group.”
Asked what Iran’s reaction will be to Obama’s letter, as alleged by Al-Hayat, to his Iranian counterpart, speaking about hopes to turn to a new chapter in relations with Iran, Mohammadjavad Zarif said "We do not approve of what is announced in the press. What is announced in the press must be followed in the press. Gesticulations will not help anything in regard to such issues.”
"We do not intend to speak publically about the correspondences and letters being transferred because, besides the matter of clarity, any job must follow its course on the diplomatic track,” the Foreign Minister added.
He also added that he doubts if Al-Hayat has precise information.