Rouhani: Iran 'ready' to pursue talks on final nuclear deal with West
TEHRAN - Iran "is ready" to pursue negotiations with the major powers next week in Vienna to conclude a comprehensive agreement on its controversial nuclear program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
The talks between the so-called P5+1 group (China, United States, France, Britain, Russia and Germany) and Iran are set to resume on February 18-19 to try to reach a final agreement on the Iranian nuclear dispute. The West and Israel suspect Iran of wanting to develop nuclear weapons, which Tehran denies, and insists its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful .
"Iran is ready to begin negotiations with the P5+1 to achieve a comprehensive and final agreement," President Rohani said during a speech to foreign diplomats in Tehran.
"We are serious about this issue, as we were serious in the first step," he said, referring to the November 24 interim agreement signed in Geneva on a partial freeze of nuclear activities in exchange for some sanctions relief. (AFP)