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Mar 20, 2014 8:37 AM by Associated Press

Obama: Nuke deal can open opportunities for Iran


Obama's comments come in his annual videotaped message to Iranians marking the Persian new year, Nowruz (noh-ROOZ'). This year's message coincides with nuclear negotiations between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers.

Obama says reaching a final nuclear agreement "will be difficult." But he says he's committed to diplomacy because he believes there is a basis for a "practical solution" to the nuclear dispute.

The president says Iran would retain access to "peaceful nuclear energy" under a final agreement. He says a deal would also mean more economic growth and jobs for Iranians, as well as more opportunities for Iranian students to travel abroad.

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