No dismantling of Iran nuclear facilities: Rouhani

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waits for United Arab Emirates' minister of foreign affairs Abdullah bin Zayed for a meeting at his office in Teheran, Iran, Thursday, Nov 28, 2013.  Iran will not dismantle its nuclear facilities, Mr Rouhani said
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waits for United Arab Emirates' minister of foreign affairs Abdullah bin Zayed for a meeting at his office in Teheran, Iran, Thursday, Nov 28, 2013.  Iran will not dismantle its nuclear facilities, Mr Rouhani said in an interview with The Financial Times published on Friday after a historic deal between Teheran and world powers. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

LONDON (AFP) - Iran will not dismantle its nuclear facilities, President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview with The Financial Times published on Friday after a historic deal between Teheran and world powers.

Asked by the newspaper whether dismantling Iran's atomic facilities was a "red line" for the Islamic republic, Mr Rouhani replied: "100 per cent".

Israel has bitterly opposed the deal struck in Geneva last weekend, saying that any pact with Teheran must have the sole purpose of dismantling Iran's nuclear capability.

Pending negotiations for a broader agreement, the deal struck in Geneva early November 24 calls for a six-month's freeze of Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

But it does not call for dismantling Iran's nuclear facilities.

Mr Rouhani meanwhile held out hope for further improvements in Iran's relations with the United States.

"Iran-US problems are very complicated and cannot be resolved over a short period of time. Despite the complications, there has been an opening over the past 100 days, which can widen later," he told the FT.