TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani has said that clinching a final nuclear deal will serve the interests of both Iran and the six major powers, noting that it will be a win-win game.
The Iranian president made the remarks in a press conference in Shanghai on Thursday.
The president also said Iran is in no haste to reach a final deal with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) in order to lift economic sanctions on the country.
He went on to say that it is detrimental to both sides if the efforts to achieve a final deal are postponed.
Rouhani said there exists enough time to reach a deal if endeavors would be made and the other side shows “goodwill”.
Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.
Compared to previous years, Iran’s economic and social situation has improved and “we are not in hurry” to reach a final agreement, he stated.
Iran and the 5+1 group struck an interim deal in Geneva in November 2013.
Rouhani noted that the interim agreement is a proof that there is the possibility of striking a final deal.
Under the Geneva deal, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20.
The president said it was not easy to strike the interim deal, adding that the Geneva deal proved that the two sides can broker a comprehensive agreement through dialogue.
The president went on to say that the West and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are aware that Iran has abided by its commitments to the Geneva agreement and there is no room for any disagreement.
A final deal is not something to be reached by holding two or three rounds of talks, he noted.
However, he added, Iran is “optimistic” about the talks.
Iran and the six major powers ended a difficult round of nuclear talks in Vienna without making any tangible progress.
According to senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi the talks will resume in the Austrian capital on June 16-20.
Asked about the possible effects of tension between the U.S. and Russia over nuclear talks, he responded that this matter has not much influence on the talks.
He went on to say that the West had taken a wrong path to impose sanctions against Iran.
The Iranian people have proven that they are adamant in gaining their rights, he noted.
‘More progress in Iran-China relations’
Rouhani also said that during his trip to Shanghai he met with Chinese officials which would be a prelude for closer ties.
He added that China is the first economic partner of Iran and the two countries cooperate with each other in many areas.
Rouhani, leading a high-raking delegation, attended the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai.