Rouhani says hopes Iran's next govt can conclude nuclear talks
The accord offered Tehran international sanctions relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear programme, but was torpedoed in 2018 when former US president Donald Trump withdrew from it and reimposed sanctions.
But "they took away the 12th administration's opportunity," he added about his government, without elaborating. "We hope the 13th administration can finish this work."
Rouhani is set to hand power in early August to the ultraconservative former judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, who last month won a presidential poll.
Trump's successor Joe Biden has signalled his readiness to return to the deal and has engaged in indirect negotiations with Iran as the accord's remaining other state parties -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- hold talks in Vienna.
They have held six rounds of talks, concluding the latest on June 20 without setting a date for a new one.
The United States and France warned Iran in late June that time was running out to revive the deal, to which Tehran responded by saying that it expects others to "take the decisions".
Despite this, Iran's senior political figures, including Raisi, have voiced broad agreement that the country must seek an end to the punishing US sanctions.
"Any negotiations that guarantee national interests will certainly be supported, but... we will not allow negotiations to be for negotiations' sake," Raisi said on June 21.
He added that "any meeting must produce a result ... for the Iranian nation".
In his speech, Rouhani also insisted that his government has "done what was required" to lift US sanctions and that Iranians could "clearly see" their efforts in a foreign ministry report released Monday.
The report mentioned in broad terms what has been agreed to in Vienna and included a note from Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who called on all political forces to work together to succeed in the talks.