Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his nation is prepared to immediately engage in stalled negotiations over its disputed nuclear program - but only under certain conditions.
Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday that he is also open to talks with the United States "to manage differences." It was his first appearance on the world stage since he was elected in the summer.
Nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers have been stalled for months but Iran agreed to a new meeting this Thursday on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
Rouhani said every issue can be resolved through moderation and rejection of violence.
Officials: Obama, Rouhani will not meet at UN
Senior U.S. officials say President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani will not meet while both leaders are at the United Nations.
The officials say a meeting proved to be too complicated for the Iranians. But they say work is under way at the staff level to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear program.
U.S. and Iranian leaders have not met in 36 years.
The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.