Nov. 10 - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran would not compromise its national interests as Tehran edges toward a deal on its nuclear program. Gavino Garay reports.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that Iran would not compromise its national interests as Tehran edges toward a deal on its nuclear program.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRAN'S PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING:
"For us there are red lines that cannot be crossed. The rights of the Iranian nation are our red lines, national interests are our red lines and that includes our rights under the framework of international regulations and (uranium) enrichment on Iranian soil."
Marathon talks in Geneva ended on Saturday WITHOUT a deal on curbing Tehran's contested nuclear program, which has sparked fears that its nuclear enrichment may be fueling nuclear warheads. Talks are scheduled to resume on Nov. 20.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the interim deal that seemed to be taking shape in Geneva.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING:
"I emphasize that the proposed deal does not include the dismantling of even a single centrifuge. I asked all the leaders, what is the rush? And I suggested they wait, that they consider things with gravity. It is a historic process and historic decision. I requested they wait."
But Russia, the United Kingdom, and China remain optimistic about eventual progress.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised the U.S. for its position during the talks, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague said "the deal is on the table."
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong:
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LI BAODONG, SAYING:
"All parties were willing to maintain the momentum of talks and to hold another round of talks as early as possible."
The Geneva talks are aimed at trying to defuse a decade-old stand-off and fears of a drift towards a new Middle East war.