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Rouhani: Iran 'ready to assist Iraq' in fighting insurgents

Iran is "ready to assist Iraq" in its fight against Sunni insurgents, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Credit: Parspix/ABACA

In a televised statement, Rouhani said Iran would "strongly defend its territory if terrorist groups endanger its security."

He said Iran stands ready to help Iraq within the framework of international law, but added Baghdad has not requested assistance.

Islamist militant group ISIS stormed several northern Iraqi cities, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee into Kurdish-controlled territory.

Read: Obama will not send troops to deal with Iraq insurgency

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Rouhani: West should not miss this 'unique opportunity'

Iran president Hassan Rouhani said today that the West should not miss the "unique opportunity" to reach an agreement in their ongoing talks on Tehran's nuclear programme.

He said one of the slogans Iran has embraced is that of "constructive interaction with the world."

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The West should not miss this unique opportunity. Our nation is participating in the Geneva negotiations with strong will & determination.

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We want the world to know that our nuclear activities are solely for peaceful purposes, & that we're ready to address any rational concerns.

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The negotiating sides should recognize that the current unique atmosphere was brought about by our people in our recent election. #IranTalks

Read: Hague: 'Real momentum' in Iran nuclear talks

Majority of Israeli's agree with Netanyahu on Iran

A recent survey reveals that the majority of Israeli's agree with their prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's when he called Iranian PM Rouhani 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'.

ITV News, Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent reports on Netanyahu's warning to the world, and how the majority of Israeli's back their PM's view that Rouhani is playing the 'charm offensive'.

Read more: Netanyahu: Rouhani is a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Report: Protesters throw shoes at Rouhani convoy

Iranian hardliners have reportedly thrown shoes at the convoy of President Rouhani, as he returned to Tehran after his trip to the UN headquarters in New York.

Thomas Erdbink, Tehran bureau chief for the New York Times, tweeted that around 75 protesters threw shoes and eggs at the president.

It comes after Rouhani spoke with US President Barack Obama on the phone - the first direct contact between leaders of the two countries since 1979.

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Total chaos as hard liners hurls eggs and shoes at Rouhani, one person almost driven over by his car

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Rouhani was trying to keep smiling but security people tried to shield him off with an umbrella, then pulled him into car and drove off.

Rouhani to Obama on phone: 'Have a nice day!'

Hassan Rouhani's Twitter account revealed his phone conversation with Barack Obama had ended with the Iran president wishing his US counterpart "a nice day".

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In a phone conversation b/w #Iranian & #US Presidents just now: @hassanrouhani: "Have a Nice Day!" @barackobama: "Thank you. Khodahafez."

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In phone convo, President #Rouhani and President @barackobama expressed their mutual political #will to rapidly solve the #nuclear issue.

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Rouhani: Iran wants nuclear deal within months

President Hassan Rouhani has said he wants nuclear negotiations to be 'short'.
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."

Read more: Rouhani's address to the UN general assembly

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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