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Iran president to visit New York to attend 77th UN General Assembly session

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi will set off for New York to deliver a speech at the 77th United Nations General Assembly session about the Islamic Republic's stance on the “fair international order through economic multilateralism.”

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Raeisi would leave Tehran on Monday to attend the annual meeting and hold talks with heads of states attending the events as well as international figures.

On Sunday, the Iranian president met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei upon return from the Uzbek capital city of Samarkand, where he attended the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

Raeisi presented a report on his Uzbekistan visit and briefed Ayatollah on his upcoming UNGA trip.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution expressed his satisfaction with the report and the set of measures taken and wished the president success on the eve of his trip to New York.

Raeisi: No meeting with Joe Biden at UN

President Ebrahim Raeisi said has no plans for either meeting or talking with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, during his upcoming trip to New York.

"I do not think that such a meeting is going to take place," Raeisi told CBS News' 60 Minutes program during an interview conducted Tuesday, which the channel is going to broadcast in full on Sunday.

Iran's president made the comment when he was asked, "Are you open to a meeting with President Biden?  A face-to-face?" adding, "I don't  believe having a meeting or a talk with him will be beneficial."

The Iranian president was also asked whether he could see any differences between the Biden administration and the administration of his predecessor Donald Trump.

"The new administration in the US, they claim that they are different from the Trump administration," Raeisi said, adding, "They have said it in their messages to us. But we haven't witnessed any changes in reality."

Under Trump, the United States left a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, reinstating the sanctions that the deal had lifted.

On his campaign trail, Biden alleged that he intended to return Washington to the deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He has, however, stopped short of taking any such measure, and has even imposed more sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The Austrian capital of Vienna has been hosting many rounds of negotiations between Iran and the JCPOA's remaining members since last year to examine the potential of the deal's revival and fresh removal of the sanctions.

The talks have, however, failed to bring about either amid, what Tehran has denounced as, Washington's continual foot-dragging and inflexibility.

Speaking to Qatar's Al Jazeera television network on Thursday, Raeisi likewise said direct talks with the US over the nuclear agreement were "of no avail."

The final decision for restoration of the JCPOA rested with the US, he said, adding, "The US has to take trust-building measures" towards the Iranian side.

Raeisi also told the Doha-based network that any potential removal of the American sanctions had to be accompanied with relevant "guarantees" that Washington would not return the bans again.

The Iranian president censured a raft of new sanctions that Washington had imposed most recently on Iran, asking, "If Washington is after an agreement, why does it apply new sanctions during the course of the nuclear talks?"

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