Iran optimistic about final nuclear deal: president

Xinhua English | 2014-07-23

TEHRAN, July 22 (Xinhua) — Tehran is optimistic that its talks with six other world powers will yield a comprehensive deal on the country’s controversial nuclear program, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

“Dialogue is the only way ahead of us, and we are hopeful about the success of the talks,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Iran is ready for cooperation within the framework of international regulations, Rouhani said, adding that Iran expects to enjoy its inalienable right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad-Zarif said Tuesday that the P5+1 group, which includes the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany, should seize the chance to reach a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, Press TV reported.

In the most recent talks, Iran and the P5+1 group had disagreements on Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity, the Arak heavy water reactor and sanctions against Tehran, but both sides know that a final agreement with Iran is the only solution to the nuclear issue, Zarif said.

Iranian nuclear talks would be extended for another four months till November 24, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Zarif said Saturday in a joint statement, which came only one day ahead of the deadline for a final and comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

The interim deal, which took effect on January 20, was designed to buy time for negotiations. Under the deal, Iran would suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for a limited sanction relief.

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