Rouhani told students in Tehran on Saturday that economic progress can't be achieved without interaction with the outside world. He said his government will continue his policy of moderation, in sharp contrast to the bombastic style of his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The six-month interim nuclear deal includes greater access for UN inspectors to Iran and a cap on the level of uranium enrichment. Rouhani faces the difficult task of selling the interim agreement to skeptics and hard-liners at home.

(Agencies)

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