WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on Tuesday to discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and ways Tehran can use its influence to end Syria’s civil war, US officials said on Monday.
Zarif is expected to raise Tehran’s concerns over difficulties with accessing the global financial system despite the lifting of some US sanctions under the nuclear deal.
Current US policy bars foreign banks from clearing dollar-based transactions with Iran through US banks. But US officials have said the Obama administration is considering ways in which non-US companies can use the dollar in some business transactions with Iran. “The secretary is very mindful that topic will come up, that that is very much on Foreign Minister Zarif’s mind,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing. “The secretary will be ready to talk to them about it.”