Iran president to address nation on nuclear talks

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will address the nation on state television on Monday night, an official statement said, amid reports a nuclear deal with world powers could be imminent.Rouhani’s appearance scheduled for 10:00 pm (1730 GMT) was announced by the culture ministry in a notice sent to media which said he would talk about the negotiations taking place in Vienna.There had been optimism a deal would be clinched over the weekend but positive statements have been followed by talk of unresolved issues between the two sides.Finalising a framework accord struck in April has proved difficult, with talks stumbling on the exact timing of sanctions relief and Iran’s desire to have a UN conventional arms embargo lifted.Deadlines of June 30 and July 7 have been missed but Iran and the six powers — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany — have continued to talk in the Austrian capital.Rouhani late Sunday again raised expectations an agreement to end the 13-year dispute about Iran’s nuclear programme may be resolved.


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