|Iran wants ‘tangible’ results from nuclear talks in short time: Rouhani||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday he wanted talks with major powers on Iran’s nuclear program to yield results in a short time, noting that Iran will be transparent about its nuclear program, Reuters reported.
Rouhani made the remarks in a press conference shortly before he left for Tehran at the end of his debut visit to the United Nations for its annual meeting of the General Assembly.
Rouhani, who took office last month, said he hoped talks with the United States and five other major powers “will yield, in a short period of time, tangible results,” on a nuclear deal.
He said Iran would bring a plan to resolve the decade-long dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program to an October meeting with the six powers in Geneva.
He offered no details about that plan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his counterparts from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss the nuclear issue on Thursday.
A senior U.S. official said after the meeting that Zarif had proposed fully implementing an agreement on its nuclear program within a year. Rouhani said on Tuesday he would like to see a deal with world powers in three to six months.
“The Iranian foreign minister discussed the heart of the matter. He spoke about taking a year to move forward, but I reminded him that his president had spoken about three to six months, and he said that he’d be pleased if things could be done more quickly,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said after meeting with Zarif.
In Vienna, Iran held “constructive” talks with the UN nuclear watchdog.
Rouhani said an improved mood in U.S.-Iranian relations could lead to better ties between the two countries, which were cut shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah.
“The atmosphere is quite different from the past,” Rouhani said, speaking a day after the highest-level talks between the United States and Iran since before the revolution.
Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met along with other major powers on Thursday to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. That was followed by a brief meeting between Zarif and Kerry.
“Our goal is the shared interest between the two nations,” Rouhani said. “Our goal is resolving problems, our goal is step-by-step creating trust between the governments and peoples.”
Rouhani said Tehran would present its plan for a resolution of the issue at talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany - known as the “P5+1” - scheduled to be held in Geneva from October 15-16.
The five permanent Security Council members are Britain, China, France, the United States, and Russia.
“We say explicitly that we will be transparent; we say explicitly that we will not build a bomb,” Rouhani said. “Through the P5+1 we want to provide even more assurances.”
Rouhani also said his government had a full mandate to handle the issue in Iran.
“I think that any result this government reaches, it will have the support of other powers in Iran,” he said. “On the nuclear issue, the government has total discretion.”
According to AP, Rouhani said U.S. President Barack Obama struck a new tone in his UN speech this week, which he welcomed.
He said he believes the first step to a meeting between the two leaders was taken on Thursday at a meeting on Iran’s nuclear program, where the foreign ministers of both nations talked for the first time in six years.
“I want it to be the case that this trip will be a first step, and a beginning for better and constructive relations with countries of the world as well as a first step for a better relationship between the two great nations of Iran and the United States of America.”
Rouhani, looking to the future of U.S.-Iranian relations, expressed hope that “the views of our people, the understanding of each other, will grow, and at the level of the two governments that at the very least we can, as a first step, stop further escalation of tensions and then reduce tension as a next step and then pave the way for achieving of mutual interests.”
The Iranian president was upbeat about his four-day visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly’s ministerial session, reeling off a long list of leaders he met and saying, “I believe that our success was greater than our expectation, especially with the European countries… and I think that the path really has been paved to expand relations in various centers, key world economies.”
“We hope that an even more effective step will be taken in Geneva in order to settle the nuclear issue,” Rouhani said, without elaborating.
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