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August 5, 2013 7:15 pm

White House Sees Inauguration of Rouhani as Chance to Engage With Iran

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Wikipedia. The White House said Sunday’s inauguration of new Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who last week called Israel “a wound for years on the body of the Muslim world,” presents an opportunity for engagement with Iran.

“The inauguration of President Rouhani presents an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear program,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

“Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States,” Carney added.

Iranian Press TV last week quoted Rouhani as saying about Israel, “After all, in our region there has been a wound for years on the body of the Muslim world under the shadow of the occupation of the holy land of Palestine and the beloved al-Quds,” Press TVquoted Rouhani as saying.

Also last week, a new Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) report revealed that Iran has “taken many actions that have compounded suspicions that it has not stopped its uranium laser enrichment activities,” despite claiming in 2003 that it had abandoned this process.

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  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Obama saw the LAST President as an opportunity to engage with Iran too. At least that’s what they said in public.

  • Once again ignoring who really controls Iran, Khomeini’s concept of Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists , in short dictatorship by religion. Contrary to mainstream conceptions of Iran, the Supreme Leader Khamenei has the final say in who will hold the presidential office, so why was a moderate given the presidency? Khamenei at this crucial juncture realized the face of moderacy would further consolidate his hold on the Iranian people. For this facade of a democratically elected President helps quells the rising tide of Iranian dissidents and Human Rights Groups. At the nuclear table, a moderate presidential face allows Khamenei to gain more valuable time for his nuclear program. This moderate presidential face will give the appearance of a peaceful nuclear program, and help US President Obama to lift sanctions on Iran. Khamenei looking across the border at war torn Iraq, walking a tightrope in Syria and Lebanon, he desperately needs a quite home-front.