Iran’s Rouhani Says Nuclear Deal Could Open Door to Anti-IS Cooperation

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Iranian President Hasan Rouhani indicated in a speech before the UN General Assembly that his nation could take part in a global push against Islamic State violence if Tehran was to finally reach a comprehensive deal on its nuclear program with the six international mediators, according to the Wall Street Journal.

MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – Iranian President Hasan Rouhani indicated in a speech before the UN General Assembly that his nation could take part in a global push against Islamic State violence if Tehran was to finally reach a comprehensive deal on its nuclear program with the six international mediators, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Speaking in New York, Rouhani pointed out that “an entirely different environment will emerge for cooperation at the regional and international levels” if the decade-long nuclear talks were to succeed.

That included “greater focus on some very important regional issues, such as combating violence and extremism in the region,” the Wall Street Journal quoted him as saying late on Thursday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said previously the government in Tehran was unhappy about the fact that it was excluded from last week’s IS talks in Paris that focused on strategies to roll back the radical Islamist movement that has made considerable gains in Syria and Iraq.

But Washington later refused to coordinate with Tehran its military actions in the region, with White House Speaker Josh Earnst saying that US push to force Iran to give up its nuclear program stood apart from US President Barack Obama’s plan to create a broader anti-IS coalition of Arab states.

The latest round in the nuclear talks kicked off last Friday at the United Nations. It brought to the negotiating table Iran, alongside a group of six worth powers: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The new deadline for the final agreement has been set to November 24.

 

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