Rouhani: Nuclear talksˈ extension possible, if necessary

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Reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with the western Sextet within the remaining short period till July 20 is possible, but if necessary, further extension of the negotiation period, too, is possible, President Hassan Rouhani said here Thursday evening, IRNA reported.

ˈThe frontline soldiers of our countryˈs diplomacy showed the reality to the world nations that Iran and the Iranian nation favor sound logic and dialogue,ˈ said President Rouhani in a meeting with the Iranian media representatives.

He said that in these rounds of nuclear negotiations we have observed lenience in order to build trust and to show transparency, adding, ˈBut we have not made the slightest compromise over the rights of the Iranian nation, and we will never do so.ˈ

ˈIt was tough for the Iranian government during this round of the nuclear negotiations with the 5+1 Group (the UN Security Council big 5 and Germany) to keep our foreign minister abroad for such a long period of time, but as they showed patience, we too did so to prove the fact to the world that we favor sound logic and holding dialogue,ˈ said Rouhani.

The president said that if Tehran will make sure that the other side respects the Iranian nationˈs demands and rights within the framework of the international laws earnestly, we will continue negotiating with them, and if necessary, we will also agree with the extension of the negotiation period.

ˈWhat we want in these talks is a win-win agreement in which everyoneˈs benefits will be observed,ˈ he emphasized.

President Rouhani said that the success of these negotiations is both to the benefit of the world and the Iranian nation, arguing, ˈIt has been cleared for everyone that we are negotiating for the sake of the regionˈs stability and security and to safeguard the world nationsˈ interests.ˈ

ˈThese negotiations have by no means been held under the pressure of the sanctions; we have never been sacred of the sanctions, and we are still not; the governmentˈs programs are devised aimed at achieving national objectives, regardless of the outcome of these negotiations,ˈ said the president.

He reiterated that Tehran hopes that the other side has realized this reality that if it takes a step it is aimed at securing the interests of the world nations, the region, and naturally also the Iranian nation.

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