Iran's Rohani Says West's Failure Turned Mideast Into Terrorist Haven

Iran is 'hopeful' that a final nuclear accord can be reached 'in short amount of time left,' Rohani says in UN address.

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President of Iran Hassan Rohani speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014 in New York City.
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Iran's President Hassan Rohani said the West's failures in the Asia and in the Middle East have turned the region into a terrorist haven, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

The Iranian president also blamed the rise of violent extremism on "certain states" and on unidentified "intelligence agencies" and said it was up to the region to find a solution to the problem.

"Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hand of madmen, who now spare no one," Rohani told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

"The right solution to this quandary comes from within the region and regionally provided solution with international support and not from the outside the region," he said.

Remarking on the negotiations between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, Rohani said that for the negotiations to succeed, "excessive demands" by the West must be avoided.

Rohani added that the solution of the nuclear issue can only be resolved through diplomacy, and that adopting other methods is "a grave mistake."

Rohani said Iran is "hopeful" that a final nuclear accord can be reached "in short amount of time left."

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