Rouhani to address the nation as nuclear deal imminent

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the nation on state television.

The address is scheduled to take place on Monday at 10 p.m. in Iran, which is 1:30 p.m. in the United States, the French news agency AFP reported.

The address comes as Iranian negotiators and negotiators of six world powers say that a nuclear deal is nearly complete.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif attempted to lower expectations Monday, saying the address would not be an announcement of agreement on a nuclear deal.

Ehud Yaari, the Middle East affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 television, said Friday night that it was possible to reach a deal because the Americans “have made a series of capitulations over the past two to three weeks in almost every key aspect that was being debated.” Among the issues that the U.S. gave in on is surprise inspections, which reportedly are not part of the final deal.

Rouhani reportedly said Saturday at a meeting in Iran that the Islamic Republic has “managed to charm the world.”

“Even if the nuclear talks fail, our diplomacy showed the world that we are logical. We never left the negotiation table and always provided the best answer,” Rouhani said, according to Reuters.

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