Iran's President Hassan Rouhani raises questions about the use of air power to fight terrorism, as he warns time is running out on nuclear deal at news conference on UN sidelines. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
At a wide ranging news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly Iran's President Hassan Rouhani weighs in on fighting terrorism and Iran's nuclear program. As the U.S. leads an air campaign targeting Islamic State militants, Rouhani raises questions about the effectiveness of the campaign. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRAN'S PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING: "With the aerial bombardments of a few geographical areas, terrorism will not be eradicated. Since 2002 many aerial bombardments in many different lands have been carried out under the label of fighting terrorism. But today we see the results of those aerial campaigns and it has only brought us face to face with the expansion of strengthened terrorism - having become a point of attraction for those ill-informed and ill-educated. So from the very beginning, let no one think of propaganda or slogans or empty actions. Let's dry up the roots of terrorism." He also says time is running out to reach an agreement in Iran's nuclear program. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRAN'S PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING: "The remaining time for reaching an agreement is extremely short. Progress that has been witnessed in the last few days has been extremely slow." Earlier in the week he told the General Assembly that a deal that ends sanctions will open the door to deeper cooperation on regional peace and stability