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Iran's President Says Most Iranians Back Nuclear Deal


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, talks with U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano, left, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 20, 2015.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says most Iranians back the nuclear deal with six world powers, including the United States, even if some headliners denounce it.

In an interview with CBS television's 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night in the U.S., Rouhani said that key Iranian bodies, including the parliament and security council, usually follow public opinion.

The president called the deal a very difficult agreement, but the right agreement and the first step towards deceasing enmity and distrust between Iran and the United States.

Under the deal, Iran will scale back its uranium enrichment to keep it from building a nuclear bomb and agrees to vigorous inspections of its nuclear facilities.

In exchange, the U.S. and its allies will ease the sanctions that have wrecked the Iranian economy.

Opponents to the deal, especially Israel, say it still leaves the door open for Iran to build a bomb in the future. Democrats in the U.S. Senate last week turned back Republican efforts to block the agreement.

The U.N. atomic energy agency said Sunday its chief Yukiya Amano recently visited Iran's Parchin military base, where Western intelligence says Iran had tried to build a nuclear weapon in the past.

The semi-official Iranian Student News Agency quoted top Iranian nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi as saying the Amano visit "went well and worked within the agreed roadmap" for implementing the deal.

Iran has rejected the allegations about nuclear activity at Parachin, saying the charges were based on faulty intelligence by Israel and the U.S.