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Iran Does Not Want Nuclear Weapons - Rouhani
Iran has never sought and will never seek nuclear weapons, President Hasan Rouhani has said in an interview.
Speaking to NBC News, Mr Rouhani addressed the possibility Tehran could be prepared to make concessions on its nuclear programme.
He said: "We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb and we are not going to do so.
"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.
"We solely are looking for peaceful nuclear technology."
Iran has made similar claims before and has insisted its nuclear programme is purely peaceful.
But the US and allies suspect Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon and doubts have been expressed that Mr Rouhani has the power to make concessions over the programme.
Talks to end the stand-off over Iran's nuclear programme ended in April without a breakthrough.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is known to control all important matters of state.
Mr Rouhani added: "In its nuclear programme, this government enters with full power and has complete authority.
"We have sufficient political latitude to solve this problem."
Mr Rouhani, who was elected in June, is considered a moderate who campaigned on a promise to seek relief from sanctions that have cut Iran's oil exports by more than half in the past two years.
US President Barack Obama exchanged letters with the Iranian President after his election.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said there were no plans for the two to meet at the UN General Assembly next week.