Rouhani says 'long' way to final Iran nuclear deal

November 26, 2013 10:23 PM

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TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday hailed a landmark interim nuclear deal reached with world powers this week as the right step in a "long" journey to a comprehensive accord.

He stressed that Iran's enrichment of uranium - which according to the deal will be limited to five percent purity - would continue as his negotiators engage with the so-called P5+1 - the United States (US), Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

"Agreement in Geneva is a very positive first step, but the journey before us is long," Mr Rouhani said in a live address on state television to mark his cabinet's 100th day.

"Step by step, we're moving towards achieving a comprehensive agreement with the P5+1." But he added: "Enrichment, which is part of our rights, will continue... Iran will never abandon its enrichment activities."


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