President Rouhani Sees Final Iran Nuclear Deal within Reach
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran and six world powers can hammer out differences on a final, comprehensive accord on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program before a November 24 deadline.
“We believe that the issues (about a final nuclear deal) could be ultimately resolved within the remaining 40 days,” President Rouhani said in an interview broadcast live on the state television on Monday night.
“However” he added “if something happens that we could not resolve the whole issues, the two sides will definitely agree on a solution.”
The president also explained that it is difficult to resolve a 12-year-old dilemma in one or two days, but stressed that “good steps” have been taken to end the West’s standoff on Iran’s civilian nuclear work.
“We and the (Group) 5+1 have built a consensus on the general items, however, the details are very important and we still face significant discussions,” Rouhani noted.
He underlined that the group of world powers (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) have recognized Iran’s right to nuclear technology and have also agreed that the anti-Iran sanctions will be lifted, noting that the time and duration of the sanction relief have to be worked out.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the six countries signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Based on the interim deal, the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and to impose no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran’s decision to freeze parts of its nuclear activities.
In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final deal.
Meanwhile, top diplomats from the two sides will meet for another round of talks in Vienna later this week in the hope of striking the long-awaited deal.
The twe sides had held the latest round of talks in New York on September 26 without making any tangible progress.