Rouhani says normalization with US can not happen quickly

Rouhani said normalization will happen step by step and the problems created over 35 years can not be solved over a limited time.

Rouhani says normalization with US can not happen quickly

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated that his country’s nuclear program was only for peaceful purposes in an exclusive interview to British Financial Times.

“As you know all our nuclear sites are being constantly inspected with IAEA cameras. And as a matter of principle our doctrine has no room for weapons of mass destruction. How much we will expand uranium enrichment or as you put it how big the size is going to depend on our needs for nuclear fuel” Rouhani told the FT.

When asked whether Iran was ready for normalizing relations with the US, Rouhani said it would happen step by step and the problems created over 35 years can not be solved over a limited time.

“If the first steps taken in Geneva are implemented carefully and precisely, it would mean that we have taken one step forward towards trust. What I witnessed in New York was a bit of change in the atmosphere compared to the past. I felt in my meetings with intellectuals, university professors and members of think tanks that the presidential election has had a lot of impact,” Rouhani said.

In regards to the Syria crisis, Iranian president Rouhani said that the presence of terrorist groups on Syrian soil was the major concern and this should worry all countries. “We are doing our best to help put an end to the civil war in Syria and for all terrorists to leave Syria” Rouhani added.

Rouhani said that he could not predict the future of Syria but the ground should be prepared for the people's decision.

Rouhani also said during the interview that they have close relations and hold negoitations with the UN over the future of Syria.

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