Rouhani hopeful of nuclear deal by July 20 deadline

Unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors (2nd-3rd L) and Iranian technicians disconnect the connections between the twin cascades at a nuclear power plant in Natanz, Iran on January, 20, 2014Iran is serious in seeking a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers despite lingering differences, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, insisting negotiations could succeed before a July 20 deadline expires. But Rouhani added that should Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany not strike a deal next month, the process will continue until all differences are resolved. The P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany) talks with Iran resume in Vienna on Monday with the aim of transforming an interim deal into a lasting accord. The West wants to ensure that Iran’s nuclear activities are purely peaceful.

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