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Iran: US and others 'surrendered before the great Iranian nation' in nuclear deal

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran ahead of a meeting with International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in October.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said world powers including the United States "surrendered before the great Iranian nation" in agreeing an interim nuclear deal with his country, state media reported Tuesday.

Iran reached the deal with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the U.S., France, Britain, China, and Russia-- and non-member Germany.

Under the agreement, which was reached in Geneva on Nov. 24 and will come into force on Jan. 20, Iran has promised to curb the most sensitive aspects of its uranium enrichment program in return for some Western sanctions to be lifted.

Speaking to a crowd gathered in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan on Tuesday, Rouhani said: "Do you know what the Geneva agreement means? It means the big powers have surrendered before the great Iranian nation."

The remarks, which were filmed and reported by the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, were echoed on Rouhani’s English-language Twitter feed.

"Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," the Tweet said.

Rouhani is regarded as more open to negotiation in comparison with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and has sought broad reconciliation with the West. His remarks on Tuesday appear to be an effort to convince hardliners within Iran who claim the nuclear deal tramples on Iran's enrichment rights.

Correction: This article originally included an error and listed Canada, instead of France, as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The text was corrected above. 

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