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Iran rules out nuclear weapons

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has told NBC News that his administration will "never develop nuclear weapons under any circumstances" and that he has full authority to make a deal with the West over his country's disputed nuclear programme.

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Iran's Rouhani: We will never develop nuclear weapons

Hassan Rouhani was speaking to NBC News journalist Ann Curry. Credit: NBC News

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has vowed that his government will never develop nuclear weapons.

In an interview with NBC News days before he travels to New York for a UN appearance, the new Iranian president also insisted he had "complete authority" to negotiate a nuclear deal with the United States and other Western powers.

"We have time and again said that under no circumstances would we seek any weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, nor will we ever," Rouhani said.

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