TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's moderate president is promising that his administration will defend the Islamic Republic's nuclear rights and end international sanctions that have devastated its economy.
Hassan Rouhani said in an address that "resorting to unity and resistance, we will defend the interests of the Iranian nation."
His remarks came Tuesday on the eve another round of expert-level nuclear talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna.
Under a deal in November, Iran agreed to cap its nuclear activities in return for an easing of sanctions by the West. The U.S. and its allies suspect Tehran is seeking atomic weapons, but Iran denies the charge saying its aims are peaceful.
The two sides are trying to finalize a deal. The next high-level talks will be held later this month.