Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Wednesday said his country has never sought and will never seek a nuclear bomb,telling NBC News in an interview that he has full authority to resolve a standoff with the West.
Rouhani spoke to the American television network in Tehran just days before he is to make his first appearance as president on the world stage when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York. US officials will be watching next weeks visit closely for signs that Rouhani will warm relations with the West and take a more moderate line in the next negotiations on Irans disputed nuclear program.
We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb and we are not going to do so, Rouhani said,according to an NBC translation of the interview. 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 also said he received a positive and constructive letter from Obama congratulating him on his election in June.