Iran favors short timeline for resolution of nuclear issue: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks in an interview with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius in New York, September 25, 2013.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran is willing to reach a deal with the West over its nuclear energy program within a time frame of three to six months.

“The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that’s short,” President Rouhani said in an interview with the US daily Washington Post on Wednesday.

“If it’s 3 months, that would be Iran’s choice, if it’s 6 months that’s still good. It’s a question of months not years,” he said, adding that his administration seeks a “short” timeline to settle the dispute as it would be more beneficial to everyone.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran categorically rejects the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Rouhani said his administration has “full authority” to negotiate anything that can guarantee Iran’s security and national interests, including any necessary cooperation with the international community to help settle the crisis in Syria.

He added that Iran would enter any talks or meetings, including Geneva II, “as long as there are no preconditions for Iran’s participation.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

On May 7, Russia and the US agreed in the Russian capital Moscow to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012. The second meeting has remained elusive because of rising disagreement between various foreign-backed Syrian opposition entities.

The Syrian government has already announced that it is ready to take part in the peace conference without any preconditions in an effort to help end over two years of deadly turmoil in the country.

By Press TV


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