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Rouhani Sees Iran as Winning Side in N. Talks

Politics - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said his country is already the winning side in the nuclear talks as its team of negotiators are sitting opposite six world powers in the talks while they still have the bargaining power.

"People ask me if we will win the nuclear negotiations? But my answer is that we are already the winning side because when the nation's representatives sit opposite six world powers, argue and have a bargaining power, it means victory," Rouhani said, addressing the 8th national forum of young elites in Tehran on Tuesday.

"We are victorious today and, God willing and with His assistance, we will emerge as victorious in many other areas tomorrow," he added.

Rouhani referred to the resistance of the Iranian people against different pressures of the world powers in the past 35 years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and said Iranians have proved during the history that if they try and hold belief in themselves, they can do anything.

Iran and the six major world powers ended their 8th round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna on Thursday.

The 7th round of the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting last month.

The two sides held six rounds of negotiations in Vienna to reach a comprehensive deal after they inked an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

On Sunday, Iran's deputy lead negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of the talks with the six major world powers, and said a final deal before the November 24 deadline was not out of reach.

Seyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also the country's deputy foreign minister, expressed satisfaction in the “considerable” progress made in the process of the talks, and said, “We hope that we can achieve an agreement by the specified deadline, namely November 24.”

“Neither of the negotiating parties is interested in extending (the deadline of) the talks. All sides are determined to achieve an agreement prior to the deadline. Therefore, extension is not on the agenda of any of the parties,” Araqchi underlined.

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