World Bulletin / News Desk
Obama told National Public Radio (NPR) that U.S. and European negotiators are trying to reach a deal with Iran in which sanctions could be reimposed without a U.N. Security Council vote, where Tehran-ally Russia would have a veto.
"We are absolutely convinced we can do it again," Obama said of the international sanctions, which have crippled Iran's economy.
After reaching a framework deal last week, negotiators face an end-of-June deadline to reach a final agreement meant to prevent Iran from being able to build a nuclear weapon.
Obama said a nuclear deal could help strengthen moderate elements in Iran.
"If they are shown to have delivered for their people, presumably it strengthens their hand vis-a-vis some of the hardliners inside of Iran," he said.
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