Iran wants quick nuclear deal

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said he wants to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear programme within three to six months. Talks over the issue begin later today.

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Rouhani: Iran wants nuclear deal within months

President Hassan Rouhani has said he wants nuclear negotiations to be 'short'. Credit: Hakan Goktepe/AA/ABACAPRESS

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said he wants to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear programme within six months.

He told the Washington Post: "The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that's short.

"The shorter it is, the more beneficial it is to everyone. If it's three months that would be Iran's choice, if it's six months that's still good. It's a question of months not years."

Israel: Rouhani's speech was 'cynical'

Benjamin Netanyahu branded the Iranian President's UN speech "cynical" and said that Iran was buying time to develop nuclear weapons capability.

"It was a cynical speech full of hypocrisy," Netanyahu said in a statement.

"It had no practical suggestion to stop Iran's military nuclear programme and no commitment to fulfil U.N. Security Council decisions. That exactly is the Iranian plan, to talk and buy time in order to advance Iran's capability to obtain nuclear weapons."

Iran denies it is trying to build nuclear weapons and says its programme is for peaceful purposes.

Israeli Minister Steinitz accused Hassan Rouhani of playing a "game of deception" during his UN General Assembly speech.

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An Obama and Rouhani meeting 'too complicated'

President Barack Obama and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will not meet while at the United Nations, with the Obama Administration saying it proved "too complicated" for the pair to meet.

A potential encounter was on the cards, and would have been the first face-to-face contact between US and Iranian government heads since before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The White House was open to a meeting, but Iranian officials indicated it was too complicated, the US official said.

Obama: World a better place for US involvement in Middle East

President Barack Obama told the UN general assembly that recent debates over America's involvement in Syria show the "danger for the world is not an America that is too eager to immerse itself in the affairs of other countries."

The danger for the world is that the US, after a decade of war, rightly concerned of issues back home, aware of the hostility our engagement has engendered throughout the Muslim world may disengage, creating a vacuum of leadership no other nation is ready to fill - I believe such disengagement would be a mistake.

I believe America must remain engaged for our own security, but I also believe the world is better for it.

– President Barack Obama
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