Iran’s New President: U.S. Wants ‘Excuse’ To Confront Tehran : The Two-Way : NPR

Some not so different overtures regarding the Iranian nuclear program in his first days in office.. not exactly as hoped.. but hard to tell at which audience this is directed.. domestic or international…

Iran's new President Hassan Rowhani sits next to the national flag on his first official day in office in Tehran on Saturday.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/04/208839073/irans-new-president-u-s-wants-excuse-to-confront-tehran?ft=1&f=1001

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s newly elected president, is being sworn-in on Sunday, succeeding the controversial Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose focus on the country’s nuclear program proved a constant source of tension with the West.

Rouhani, 64, is viewed as a moderate and has pledged greater openness on the country’s nuclear program. However, the former chief nuclear negotiator for Tehran appeared late Saturday to be reading from the same script as his predecessor.

(..) "Tehran and Pyongyang are in a common [anti-imperialist] stance," he was quoted as saying. "The U.S. and the West want to deprive independent states of their own inalienable [nuclear] rights, but independent countries will resist and defend their rights."

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