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Iranian president backs extension of nuclear talks

Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 12:20 p.m.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is backing an extension of nuclear negotiations with world powers underway in Vienna, saying it would be in the "interest of all" if the talks went on past their planned July 20 deadline.

The official IRNA news agency quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying on Thursday that Iran was ready for an extension of the nuclear talks and that it would be a "win-win" situation.

Rouhani says Iran has shown flexibility but "will not withdraw an iota" from its rights to peaceful nuclear enrichment.

The talks aim at a deal that curbs Iran's atomic programs in exchange for an end to the nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic. They were adjourned for two days this week and would likely wind down on Friday ahead of a tentative extension.