Iran Ready for Result-Oriented Nuclear Talks, Rohani Says
Iranian President Hassan Rohani said his nation is “prepared to engage immediately in time-bound and result-oriented talks” to build confidence and remove uncertainty about Iran’s nuclear program.
“Iran seeks constructive engagement with other countries based on mutual respect and common interest, and within the same framework does not seek to increase tensions with the United States,” Rohani told the United Nations today in New York, according to an English translation of his remarks.
Rohani, 64, said Iran has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and has always had peaceful goals for its nuclear program, reiterating the country’s longstanding position. The U.S., European Union and Israel say they suspect Iran is using its research program as a cover to develop the capability to make a nuclear weapon.
Rohani said Iranians “voted for the discourse of hope, foresight and prudent moderation” when he was elected three months ago. He used the word “moderation” nine times during the speech.
Iran “poses absolutely no threat to the world or the region,” said Rohani, a cleric and former top nuclear negotiator. “Let me say loud and clear that peace is within reach,” he said.
Rohani spoke after Iranian officials earlier today rejected a possible informal encounter with U.S. President Barack Obama while both leaders were at the UN, citing domestic political considerations, a U.S. administration official told reporters.
Speaking earlier today to the UN, Obama said the U.S. is “encouraged” that Rohani was given a mandate in his election to pursue a moderate course that may provide a basis for a “meaningful agreement” on the nuclear issue.
Rohani denounced the impact of economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S. and allies, saying “it is the common people who are victimized by these sanctions.”
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