Rouhani says Iran does not wish to go to war with US forces in the region

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that his country will remain in the 2015 nuclear pact “as long as the deal serves our interests” and that Tehran had no intention to go to war with US forces in the Middle East.

“We do not wish to go to war with American forces in the region,” Rouhani told a news conference.

He said Iran would remain in a multinational 2015 nuclear deal that Washington exited in May.

“Remaining members of the deal have taken very good steps forward but Iran has higher expectations,” he said, adding that expected US sanctions in November on Iran were illegal and “nothing new”.

Rouhani predicted that the United States would eventually rejoin an international nuclear deal.

“The United States of America one day, sooner or later, will come back. This cannot be continued,” Rouhani told a news conference.

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