Rouhani to the West: Seize the Opportunity

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called on world powers to “seize the opportunity” of a landmark nuclear deal with his country, AFP reported, and insisted Tehran had taken the “necessary steps” for an accord.


Rouhani’s remarks appeared to be a response to U.S. President Barack Obama, who had said on Monday, “The issues now are – does Iran have the political will and the desire to get a deal done?”


Speaking in Tehran, Rouhani said although gaps remain between Iran and the six world powers – known as the P5+1 – it was up to them to close a deal.


“Right now good progress has been made although we are some distance away from the final agreement,” he said during a meeting with India’s national security adviser, Ajit Doval.


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