Iran's new president urges 'serious' nuclear talks
TEHRAN (AFP) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran was ready for "serious" negotiations on its nuclear programme with the major powers "without wasting time".
"We are the people of interaction and talks, with seriousness and without wasting time, if the other sides are ready," he said at his first news conference since assuming office on Saturday.
"Iran's peaceful nuclear programme is a national issue ... we will not give up the rights of the Iranian people," he said.
"We will preserve our rights based on the international regulations," he added, in reference to Iran's insistence that it has the right to peaceful use of nuclear power as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.