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Rouhani: Iran Seeking 'Win-Win' Outcome to Talks

Iranian president sounds upbeat note, in first statement following latest talks with P5+1 in Geneva.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/19/2013, 6:58 PM

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that his country is pursuing “a win-win game” in its talks with the West. The Iranian leader's remarks, his first following the latest round of talks between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program, were quoted by Iran's PressTV.

“I believe that during the Geneva talks, the political will of the Islamic Republic of Iran became evident to both sides,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Giulio Haas, the new Swiss ambassador to Tehran, on Saturday.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany held two days of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in Geneva on October 15-16. The sides agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will make every effort to declare to the international community that all of the country’s activities are in line with regulations and there is no issue to hide,” Rouhani said.

According to the Iranian report, Haas said that Switzerland believes that sanctions against Iran should be eased “given the ongoing economic situation in the world,” and that his country “would help Iran in that regard.”

Iran’s new proposal to resolve the nuclear crisis includes a freeze on production of 20% enriched uranium, a pledge to convert its stockpile to fuel rods and an agreement to relinquish spent fuel for a still-to-be completed heavy water reactor, Al-Monitor reported.

According to Al-Monitor, the offers, combined with increased scrutiny by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are meant to provide confidence that Iran could not quickly break out of its nuclear obligations and make nuclear weapons.