September 23rd, 2013
01:25 PM ET

Will U.S. And Iran Meet?

The newly-elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is scheduled to speak in New York this week.

He says he wants to talk with President Obama, insisting Iran has no nuclear weapons ambitions, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

If the two leaders were to meet, it would be a groundbreaking diplomatic move, but Israel is warning against it.

 A very public invitation to meet came from Iran's president on Twitter as Rouhani said Sunday he was ready for dialogue without preconditions.

While no meeting has been set, the White House is clear it may be time to talk, if Iran is serious about giving up the desire the U.S. says it has to make a nuclear bomb.

Hassan Rouhani does already plan to meet with France's President Hollande, who, like the U.S., backs rebels in Syria against Iran's ally there, the Syrian regime.

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