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Iranian president rejects meeting with President Obama

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declined to talk to President Barack Obama after White House aides offered to arrange "an encounter" between the two leaders.

"What we indicated was we were open to the two leaders having an encounter here on the margins, officials said," according to the White House pool report.

"The Iranians have an internal dynamic that they have to manage and the relationship with [the] United States is clearly quite different than the relationship that Iran has with other Western nations," the pool report quotes a senior administration official as saying.

The official explained that the meeting was just "too complicated for Iranians to do at this point."

Here's the full report:

Senior administration officials came to pool hold around 2:45pm to say that the White House had offered to have "an encounter" on the sidelines of UNGA with Iranian President Rouhani, but the Iranians informed the US today that it is "too complicated for Iranians to do at this point."

More TK, as pool is running into Abbas bilat.

Officials said Secretary Kerry will engage with his counterpart on the nuclear issue.

"It was clear that it was too complicated for them."

The US and Iranian officials had been discussing an encounter for days, officials said. What we indicated was we were open to the two leaders having an encounter here on the margins, officials said.

"The Iranians have an internal dynamic that they have to manage and the relationship with teh United States is clearly quite different than the relationship that Iran has with other Western nations," a senior administration official said.

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