US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014
US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014 © Jewel Samad - AFP
US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014
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Last updated: September 24, 2014

Obama urges Iran to seize "historic opportunity" of nuclear deal

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Iran to seize the "historic opportunity" of reaching a deal with world powers on its contested nuclear program in a speech at the United Nations.

"America is pursuing a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, as part of our commitment to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and pursue the peace and security of a world without them," he told the General Assembly.

"This can only happen if Iran takes this historic opportunity," Obama added.

"My message to Iran's leaders and people is simple: do not let this opportunity pass. We can reach a solution that meets your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful."

Western powers fear that Tehran is using its nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says it has only peaceful intentions.

Talks between Iran and six powers, known as the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- are currently at a critical juncture.

The negotiations have only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

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