Rouhani vows victory over Iran's hawks as nuclear deadline nears

DUBAI - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday to win the battle with hardliners who are against his policy of detente, as the nuclear talks that they oppose enter a critical phase.


"Through unity and harmony we can put all problems behind
us ... and will stand against those who don't walk in step with the people," Rouhani told a group of officials during a provincial trip, state news agency IRNA reported.


"We will stand against extremism, and with the help of God, score a victory against extremists," he said, in a reference to politicians and clerics who consider his opening to the West - including Iran's long-time foe the United States - a weakening of the Islamic Republic.


"The people and supreme leader are behind us in the (nuclear) talks. We will triumph," he said, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the religious leader of Iran who has final say on any major shift in foreign or nuclear policy. (Reuters)