President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran was committed to negotiate on its nuclear program in "good faith" after the highest-level talks yet held with world powers.
"We are fully prepared to seriously engage in the process toward a negotiated and mutually agreeable settlement and do so in good faith and with a business-like mind," Rouhani told a think tank forum in New York.
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He addressed the Asia Society and Council on Foreign Relations soon after his foreign minister held talks with major powers at the United Nations in the highest-level contact ever between the United States and Iran over its nuclear program.
"We hope that this positive sep that has been taken as a first solid and strong step will help us continue talks," Rouhani said.
Asked about his recent remarks to The Washington Post that he wanted a deal within months, Rouhani said: "The sooner the better."
"We think that a speedy settlement will support both sides," he said.