Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iran is determined to resolve the nuclear dispute in a “short period of time,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday.
“Iran has the legitimate right to pursue nuclear energy under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is ready to remove international concerns in its talks with the P5+1,” (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany), Rouhani was quoted by official IRNA news agency as saying during a meeting with new Ambassador of the Netherlands to Tehran Johannes Douma.
He expressed hope that Iran’s relations with member states of the European Union, including the Netherlands, would be improved in economic, cultural and political areas. He criticized the sanctions against Iran, saying that it has affected the lives of the ordinary people. For his part, Douma said the Netherlands is interested in promotion of all-out cooperation with Iran.
On the same day, Rouhani also urged Germany to play a positive role in solving dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to Press TV.
In a meeting with new German Ambassador to Tehran Michael Baron von Ungern, Rouhani expressed hope that Germany would play a “positive and constructive role” at the upcoming Geneva talks to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.
Iran insists on nuclear enrichment as its “right for peaceful nuclear activities.” However, the West suspects that the Iranian nuclear enrichment program may be used to develop weapon-grade activities.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said Sunday that the world leaders should think about new proposals for the upcoming nuclear talks.
He said that “the previous proposals by the P5+1 belong to history and they should attend the upcoming talks with new proposals.”
The P5+1 and Iran met two times in Almaty, Kazakhstan in February and April. Their talks ended without tangible results.
They asked Iran to suspend its high-grade uranium enrichment and close down the underground bunker of Fordow where Iran enriches uranium to 20 percent. In return, they offered to relieve some of the sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry and its trade in precious metals. However, Iran did not accept the proposal, urging the powers to completely lift the sanctions.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Israel’s prime minister has called on the US to maintain pressure on Iran, despite what he described as “sweet talk” from Tehran. This comes days after the first conversation between US and Iranian leaders in decades.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday to call on him to keep the current economic sanctions in place, despite what may be the start of a thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran.
“If diplomacy is to work, those pressures must be kept in place,” Netanyahu said as the two leaders met in front of the media in the Oval Office.
“In fact, if Iran continues to advance its nuclear program during negotiations, the sanctions should be strengthened,” Netanyahu added, referring to the resumption of talks between Iran and the P5 +1 group, made up of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, scheduled for October 15 in Geneva.
Obama sought to reassure the Israeli prime minister that “we enter into these negotiations very clear-eyed.”
At the same time, though, Obama, whose relations with Netanyahu have at times been strained, asserted that the West needed to “test diplomacy,” in efforts to get Tehran to come clean on its nuclear program. Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu came just days after the US president spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani via telephone, the first conversation between leaders of the two countries in more than 30 years.
During that conversation, Rouhani reiterated Iran’s assertion that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. However, the US and its Western allies fear Iran may be using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons. Next month’s negotiations are to be about finding ways for Tehran to provide sufficient proof about its peaceful intentions, for the US and others to drop the long-standing economic sanctions against Iran.
Obama said that while he was determined to pursue diplomacy on Iran, the upcoming negotiations would not be easy and “anything that we do will require the highest standards of verification in order for us to provide the sort of sanctions relief that I think they are looking for.”
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a major U.S. network
on Wednesday that his administration will never develop nuclear weapons and that he
has full authority to make a deal with Western powers on his country’s atomic
Rouhani made the announcement in an interview with NBC News, the outlet reported.
It said Rouhani also talked about his initial interactions with U.S. President Barack
Obama, who sent him a letter of congratulations after his election and raised “some
“From my point of view, the tone of the letter was positive and constructive,”
Rouhani said. “It could be subtle and tiny steps for a very important future. I believe
the leaders in all countries could think in their national interest and they should not
be under the influence of pressure groups. I hope to witness such an atmosphere in
In an interview with ABC News broadcast on Sunday, Obama said he exchanged
letters with Rouhani, and the Iranians understand the nuclear issue is “a far larger
issue for us than the chemical weapons issue.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that the letter—in which Obama
said the U.S. is open to a resolution that allows Iran to prove its nuclear program is
peaceful—conveyed the need to act quickly because the window for a diplomatic deal
” will not remain open indefinitely.”
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated Iranian president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, for securing the highest number of votes in the country’s 11th presidential election. In his letter, the Syrian leader offered “heartfelt congratulations and best wishes” to Rouhani on behalf of the Syrian nation for gaining “the trust of millions of the brotherly Iranian people,” Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported.
President Assad further underlined the Arab state’s determination to boost bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries.
He also stressed the need for “confronting the plots of hegemony and aggression against the national sovereignty in our region in a way that reflects positively on the peoples of both friendly countries as well as the peoples of the region and the whole world.”
Meanwhile, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah congratulated on Saturday Sheikh Hasan Rouhani for his election as next President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollah Media Relations said. This election revived the hopes of the dear people of Iran towards all their aspirations,” Sayyed Nasrallah wrote, adding that the Arab, Muslim and oppressed peoples – that have always found the Islamic Republic their savior – see the president-elect as the focus of their hopes.
Below is Sayyed Nasrallah’s congratulatory letter:
“President-Elect of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Your eminence Hojatol Islam Sheikh Hasan Rouhani
Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.
We, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, with all the fighters and activists in this resisting country,
congratulate you for deservedly gaining the greatest trust of this great nation, and
for electing you as President of the blessed Islamic Republic, amid political, popular
and historic epic unmatched in today’s world, which complied with the call of the holy
Supreme Leader Imam Khamenei (long live), and achieved his dear wish.
As this political epic, by your blessed election, revived hopes of the dear Iranian
people towards all their aspirations, it also renewed the great hopes of all your
friends, lovers and brothers in the Arab, Muslim and oppressed peoples who see that
you are today the focus of hopes, and who have always found the Islamic Republic
the savior for every tyrannized, the relief for every oppressed and the mainstay for
every resistant and Mujahid for Allah’s sake.
As we congratulate you, and ourselves too, this decent and wonderful election, we
ask Allah Almighty, in all humility and supplication, to bless you, help you and make
you able to meet all hopes through the government of management and hope. have
to be a great expert to understand that this will violate international law.”
Source: Al Manar TV News