Iranian President Says Nuclear Deal “Within Reach”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a rare news conference Saturday that his nation and world powers are "within reach" in making a deal over Iran's nuclear program ahead of a June 30 agreement, NBC News reported. Rouhani, speaking on state television to mark the second anniversary of his election, reiterated a familiar narrative in the ongoing talks. "If the other side sticks to the framework that has been established and does not bring new issues into play, I believe it can be solved and we can reach an agreement," he said from Tehran. "But if they want to take the path of brinkmanship, the negotiations could take longer." The White House has been battling objections to the deal from conservatives at home and close allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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