New York, Sept 27: "The atmosphere (in Iran-U.S. ties) is quite different from the past," New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, a day after the highest- level talks between the United States and Iran in a generation, according to media reports.
The Iranian president, who took office last month, said he hoped nuclear talks with the United States and other powers "will yield, in a short period of time, tangible results." "Our goal is the shared interest between the two nations. Our goal is resolving problems, our goal is step-by-step creating trust between the governments and peoples," Rouhani said.
Rouhani said that Iran would present its plan for a resolution of the nuclear issue at talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany (P5+1), scheduled to be held in Geneva on October 15 and 16. The five permanent Security Council members are Britain, China, France, the United States and Russia.
"We say explicitly that we will be transparent; we say explicitly that we will not build a bomb," he said. "Through the P5+1 we want to provide even more assurances."
Rouhani said his government had a full mandate to handle the issue.
"I think that any result this government reaches, it will have the support of other powers (power centers) in Iran," he said. "On the nuclear issue, the government has total discretion."