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Iranian President says nuclear agreement is possible in remaining time

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that reaching a comprehensive agreement with the western governments is possible by the November 24 deadline. The president made the remarks in a meeting with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende.

Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende (L) with Iranian President Hassan Rohani

President Rouhani said that reaching a deal rests upon the resolve and determination of the six governments in their effort to settle the dispute.

Rouhani said that Iran is serious in its nuclear talks and has shown full transparency of the national nuclear program.

He said that all Iran's nuclear activities are under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Ptresident Rouhani made clear that the arbitrary sanctions are in contravention of the International Law and that the western governments have violated human rights of Iranian nation by the sanctions.

Zarif: Iran ready to sign final deal if its nuclear rights recognized

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran is ready to sign nuclear deal in case the country's peaceful nuclear activities are officially recognized. Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende on Sunday.

Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende (L) with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif

In the meeting, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on issues of mutual interests along with regional developments mainly those taking place in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Grounds for expansion of all-out cooperation between the two countries are well prepared, Zarif said.

The status of Iranian university students in Norway is very important for Iran, Zarif said and called for resolving their problems as the Iranian public opinion is very sensitive to their status.

Zarif called for immediate setlement of the problems facing those Iranian students deprived of continuing their studies in Norway.

On nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1, he said Iran is ready to sign the final deal with G5+1, if they officially recognize the country's peaceful nuclear rights.

On regional developments, Zarif called for convergence and interaction among countries of the region.

Iran has played a very active role in dealing with drug trafficking to Europe and has incurred heavy financial losses and casualties for this purpose, Zarif said.

The Norwegian foreign minister, for his part, referred to his meetings with Iranian officials during his stay in Iran and underlined Tehran's prominent role in the region.

He also expressed the hope that talks between Iran and G5+1 will end successfully soon.

The new deal between Iran and G5+1 will create new opportunities in ties between Iran and the European Union, he said.

Issues in Iraq and Syria should be resolve through regional cooperation, underlined the Norwegian foreign minister.

On the current status of Iranian university students in Norway, he said two third of their demands have been met so far.

Shamkhani: Lifting sanctions pre-requisite for comprehensive nuclear deal

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Sunday that lifting the arbitrary sanctions is pre-requisite for the comprehensive nuclear deal. Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende.

Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende (L) with Iran's Secretary of SNSC Ali Shamkhani

Iranian nuclear negotiators have enough authority to take initiatives to reach a comprehensive deal reserving legitimate rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said.

Shamkhani made clear that Iran's peaceful nuclear program has always been transparent and in line with the international rules and regulations, a reference to Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Safeguards Agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran as a victim of weapons of mass destruction is seriously opposed to proliferation and stockpiling such weapons, Shamkhani said.

It is expected that IAEA and its member states to seriously follow up the Middle East strategy on a nuclear free zone and non-proliferation policies for those equipped with the weapons, he said.

Referring to the widescale ground for expansion of cooperation between Iran and Norway, Shamkhani said the ground for expansion of political and economic cooperation is well-prepared.

Shamkhani said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a signatory to NPT and member state of IAEA obliging the UN nuclear agency to adopt technical and legal approach toward the Iranian nuclear program and avoid politicizing the issue.

Shmakhani criticized the western governments for ignoring Iran's proposal to resolve Syrian crisis and said that continuation of wrong approach backing terrorists to put pressure on the Syrian legitimate government led to formation of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group now beyond control of their supporters.

Cutting financial and intelligence supports to the terrorist groups and respecting the people's rights, votes and dignity are the key to restore peace and tranquility in the region, Shamkhani said.

The Norway foreign minister said for his part that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a significant country in the region with major influence on regional developments.

The constructive role of Iran in the process of stability and tranquility in Iraq and Syria is very prominent, he said.

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