More opening moves from the new President of Iran.. the tone is a bit different.. but the coming weeks will show…
(Reuters) – Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he was "seriously determined" to resolve a dispute with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program and was ready to enter "serious and substantive" negotiations on the issue.
But addressing his first news conference as president, he said the other side should realize a solution could be reached "solely through talks, not threats". He said he was confident the concerns of both sides could be removed in a short time.
Hopes for a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear issue have risen with Rouhani’s win over conservative rivals in June, when voters replaced hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a cleric whose watchword is "moderation" but who is still very much an Islamic Republic insider.
The United States said it would be a "willing partner" if Iran was serious about finding a peaceful solution to the issue.