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Rouhani adviser not optimistic about nuclear talks

An adviser to President Hassan Rouhani has said that he is not optimistic about the nuclear talks despite the two sides seeming inclined to reach an agreement.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Yunesi enters Saadabad palace for meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Jafari in Tehran.  Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi enters the Saadabad palace for an official meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari in Tehran July 17, 2005. Iran on Saturday hailed Iraq as its "brother", taking a further step towards laying to rest the spectre of their war of attrition in the 1980s that killed hundreds of thousands on both sides. Iran and Iraq bludgeoned each other to a stal
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In an exclusive interview with Fars News, Ali Younesi, the former intelligence minister and current adviser for President Hassan Rouhani on ethnic and religious minority affairs, spoke about a wide range of issues, including his time as intelligence minister, his role in the 2013 elections, the nuclear negotiations and his statements that the current intelligence minister still does not have full control of the agency.

On the nuclear negotiations, Younesi said, “I am not very optimistic, but the sides are inclined to achieve a conclusion and the Americans are more inclined than the other countries. Some countries that appear as friends, such as Russia and China, are not inclined at all for the negotiations to reach a conclusion. Neither hard-line groups in Iran or America are inclined toward a nuclear agreement. And Israel’s lobby in America has a large role.”

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