TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign minister said historic outreach with the U.S. has already paid dividends by opening opportunities to negotiate a nuclear deal that would allow Tehran to maintain its uranium enrichment but provide greater assurances the program remain peaceful.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments seek to build on groundbreaking diplomatic momentum with Washington at last month’s U.N. General Assembly gathering.

He said in an interview broadcast late today that Iran seeks a “win-win” scenario when nuclear talks resume this month with world powers.

He also disputed Obama’s claim in an Associated Press interview that Iran was at least a year from reaching the capacity to build a nuclear weapon. Zarif repeated Iran’s claims it does not seek nuclear arms.