Iran's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif received an invitation to the White House last month as tensions between Tehran and Washington reached a fever pitch, The New Yorker reported, citing American and Iranian sources, as well as a "well-informed" diplomat. Washington pulled out of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last year.
The diplomatic overture was made by Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, during a meeting with Zarif in NY on July 15th, according to American and Iranian sources and a well-informed diplomat.
Iran has already started both enriching more and higher purity uranium not allowed under the deal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that, under current circumstances, the Islamic republic will take another step to scale back from its nuclear commitments subject to 2015 worldwide nuclear deal.
During an hour-long conversation, Zarif offered Paul ideas about how to end the nuclear impasse and address Trump's concerns.
But Iranian officials have complained that the three European countries have failed to mitigate the effects of the USA sanctions.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks to the media during the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Coordinating Bureau in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2019.
"The third step in reducing commitments to (the nuclear deal) will be implemented in the current situation", he said.
"In a meeting with a senator, he (Zarif) is invited to come to a meeting and then he is sanctioned", Rabiei said in remarks aired on state television.
Last week, the US Department of State said it has designated Zarif for acting on behalf of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Trump has said the attack against the USA drone prompted him to order a military strike in response, only to call it off at the last minute.
Trump has said that although Iran is a corrupt, incompetent and risky regime, and a threat to regional security and USA interests, he is open to talks.