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Iranian President Said This Just Hours After Nuclear Deal Was Struck

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing after Iran and world powers agree in Geneva to a deal over Iran's nuclear program, at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)

Story by the Associated Press; Curated by Oliver Darcy.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear deal reached with world powers recognizes Tehran's "rights" to maintain an atomic program.

The remarks come just hours after Iranian envoys and world powers reached a first-step accord in Geneva aimed at easing Western concerns that Tehran could one day seek nuclear weapons.

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing after Iran and world powers agree in Geneva to a deal over Iran's nuclear program, at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)

Rouhani on Sunday repeated Iran's claim that it would "never" seek atomic weapons.

His reference to "nuclear rights" in a nationally broadcast speech touches on the country's demand to keep its uranium enrichment program.

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