Obama pushing Kerry to pursue nuclear weapons deal with Iran

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Recent statements by Iran’s new government indicate it is not interested in a nuclear weapons program “should offer the basis for a meaningful agreement,” Obama told the gathering at the U.N. general assembly.

He said he “firmly” believed the “diplomatic path must be tested.”

“If we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road to a different relationship,” Obama said.

Kerry is to meet his Iranian counterpart at the U.N. on Tuesday, the first such meeting since the countries broke off diplomatic relations during the 1980 hostage crisis.

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