Possibility of Rouhani and Trump meeting is zero: Iranian official

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrives for a meeting among remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Yana Paskova

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The possibility a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Donald Trump is “zero” and the United States should lift sanctions and return to the 2015 nuclear deal if it wants to talk, an Iranian official said on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of a ministerial meeting of the remaining parties to the nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters: “Diplomacy is the only way to resolve issues ... this meeting gives us an opportunity to review where we are.”

Reporting by Parisa Hafezi and Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mary Milliken