Nuclear deal possible if excessive demands not pressed: Rouhani
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says a comprehensive nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries is possible should the six world powers not put forward excessive demands.
“If the opposite [negotiating] side makes no excessive demands, the deal will be available,” Rouhani said during a meeting hosted by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Tuesday. Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani as well as the country’s senior officials were also present in the meeting.
The president added that Iran’s foreign policy is based on constructive interaction with other countries while maintaining national independence and dignity as the country’s red lines.
He said the settlement of the nuclear issue within the framework of safeguarding the country’s nuclear rights is among the Iranian administration’s priorities.
The Iranian nation’s resistance against ill-wishers’ pressure and failure of sanctions against Tehran have brought powerful countries to the negotiating table with Iran, the Iranian president added.
Rouhani emphasized that the bans have failed to yield the results expected by the West, and noted that the Iranian nation is capable of solving its social, economic, political and cultural issues even when sanctions are imposed on the country.
Despite sanctions, Iran has succeeded in bringing down inflation and increasing the investment rate in cooperation with the nation, he stated.
Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are holding extensive talks to finalize the text of a possible deal over Tehran’s nuclear program by June 30.
The two sides seek to reach a comprehensive deal based on a mutual understanding on the key parameters agreed upon in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.