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There will be no meeting, no handshake, no “Hey, how are you?” between Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly this week because such interaction would have been “too complicated” for Iran at this time.

The Obama administration practically bent over backwards announcing that they would be willing to have an “encounter” with Iran, which would have marked the first time since 1977 leaders from the two countries met.

But, Iran, for all their talk about “improved relations with the U.S.,” didn’t come through proving that “the Iranian government was apparently uncomfortable with the prospect of Rowhani chatting personally with Obama in New York,” Fox News reported.

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According to the article:

A senior administration official said a formal, one-on-one meeting was never on the table. But, the official said, “we indicated that the two leaders could have had a discussion on the margins if the opportunity presented itself.”

The official said: “The Iranians got back to us; it was clear that it was too complicated for them to do that at this time given their own dynamic back home.”

An official said they were thinking a handshake or some similar gesture might be feasible, but “ultimately it became clear that that was too complicated for them at this time.”

On Thursday, Sec. of State John Kerry will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, to discuss curbing Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Besides an obviously skeptical Israel, U.S. Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte released a statement expressing their skepticism about Iran’s motives.

Fox News reported:

[The senators] support the move to “test the credibility” of Iran’s government but “are deeply skeptical about the real motivations behind Iran’s charm offensive.”

“We need to approach the current diplomatic initiative with eyes wide open, and we must not allow Iran to use negotiations as a tool of delay and deception,” they said.

Related: “Obama snubbed by Iranian president at U.N.”

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