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Iran's president: 'A nuclear settlement is certain'

Diplomats from Iran, the U.S., Europe, and Russia are under pressure to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear program by Nov. 24, and at least one person is optimistic: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "We have reached consensus on generalities and there are only the fine details to be worked out," he said in a live televised address Monday evening. He continued:

Of course details are important too, but what's important is that the nuclear issue is irreversible. I think a final settlement can be achieved in these remaining 40 days. We will not return to the situation a year ago. The world is tired and wants it to end, resolved through negotiations.... A nuclear settlement is certain. [Rouhani, via Reuters]

Top diplomats from the P5+1 countries are meeting with Iranian counterparts in Vienna starting Tuesday.