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Rouhani Says Iran Wants Nuclear Deal, Investment

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, gestures as speaks during a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2014.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, gestures as speaks during a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2014.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country is ready to rejoin the global economy after carrying out an interim deal with world powers to limit its nuclear development program.
 
Rouhani told corporate chiefs Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he sees Tehran "pursuing policies of moderation, prudence and hope in the future global economy."  He said Iran has the potential to be one of the world's top 10 economic powers in the next 30 years, and plans to reopen trade with other countries.
 
Iran's interim deal curtailing its nuclear development took effect this week. Rouhani said he did not see "a serious impediment" in completing a permanent deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union. The deal grants a limited lifting of sanctions in return for temporary constraints on Iran’s uranium enrichment and nuclear development programs. 

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Rouhani: Iran's Relations With US In 'New Phase'i
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January 23, 2014 10:25 PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country's relations with the United States have entered a new phase that needs to be backed by action. As VOA's Kent Klein reports, his remarks are being greeted with both hope and skepticism.
Rouhani said the talks are a policy of “constructive engagement” with the world, and he pledged cooperation with Iran’s neighbors but he did not mention Saudi Arabia in his remarks.  Rouhani also did not mention Israel as being among the states Iran is seeking friendly relations.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also in Davos, issued a statement saying “Rouhani continues Iran’s deception show.”
 
U.S.- led sanctions aimed at keeping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon have battered the Iranian economy.  With the easing of sanctions, Iran is seeking to renew Western investment.
 
Rouhani repeated Tehran’s pledge not to seek nuclear weapons but he also said “Iran will not accept any obstacles to its "scientific progress.”   The U.S. and other powers want Tehran to end its high grade uranium enrichment program and shut down a heavy-water reactor which could produce plutonium fuel, under any permanent nuclear deal.  Iran has so far rejected those terms. 

Mr. Rouhani said Iran's vast oil reserves could play a key role in promoting global energy stability.
 
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to engage in constructive cooperation in promoting global energy security by relying on its vast energy resources in a framework of mutual interests.  We are prepared to engage in a serious process to establish reliable institutions for this long-term partnership,” he said.  
 
In a meeting with energy executives, Rouhani pledged that by September Iran would produce a new attractive investment scheme for oil contracts.
 
In a reference to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Rouhani also criticized countries who he said are supporting terrorism in Syria, saying their support cold hurt them eventually at home.  Iran was not invited to Wednesday’s Geneva 2 peace talks in Montreaux, Switzerland because it has so far refused to agree to a framework for a post-Assad government in Syria.


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by: MikeBarnett from: USA
January 24, 2014 2:35 PM
Iran should run out of oil about 2050; it lacks sufficient river systems for sufficient hydroelectric power; it has severe sandstorms that would clog the gears for windmills and cover and scratch solar panels and mirrors; so it needs nuclear electricity. Nuclear power plants require years to build, so Iran must start now.

Former defense and intelligence chiefs in the US and Israel have stated that Iran has no current program to make nuclear weapons. The Ayatollah Khamanei has said that nuclear arms are sinful, and that is correct, according to the Koran. Muslims may not use unpleasant forms of warfare unless they have been used against muslims. No muslim country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. They are expensive to make and cannot be used without massive retaliation from the US or other powers. For religious and practical reasons, it makes no sense for Iran to seek them.

Pakistan has made an exception for itself because it has fought wars with India that has nuclear weapons. Iran does not have a nuclear-armed enemy that it can match in nuclear weapons numbers, so any nuclear arms race would be a futile expense.

by: Dr Hans from: Germany
January 24, 2014 2:15 AM
we are definitely approaching a crisis with Iran. Obama's willful subversion of the truth can't last long. his disastrous policies have undermined American national security interests almost beyond recovery. Americans who care for the security of their country are right to feel worry.

by: Maria Hall from: usa
January 23, 2014 7:13 PM
as we gradually begin to realize the significance of this disastrous mistake, I just hope it will not be too late.

by: Melody Stanhope from: usa
January 23, 2014 5:34 PM
we thought that electing "non American" fool will unite the country... LOL.. turned out that the guy is a malignant Muslim who hates the country and hates our troops... let it be a lesson to all of you out there - you know who you are... the appeasers... the neville chamberlain fools...

by: Cage from: Silver
January 23, 2014 3:10 PM
Iran wants a nuclear weapon with which they will destroy Isreal and probably try to attack the US. And guess what? The US is giving them just what they want! The worst president in the history of the US along with the worst congress in the history of the US is trying all they can to literally destroy this country. And you keep voting them in? Why?

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