Skip to comments.Obama Willing to Test Rouhani's Moderate Statements
Posted on 09/17/2013 9:04:55 PM PDT by Nachum
U.S. President Barack Obama says he wants to test whether Irans new president, Hassan Rouhani, is serious when he says he wants to open a dialogue with the United States.
In an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo on Tuesday, Obama said, "There is an opportunity here for diplomacy, and I hope the Iranians take advantage of it."
"There are indications that Rouhani, the new president, is somebody who is looking to open dialogue with the West and with the United States, in a way that we haven't seen in the past. And so we should test it," Obama said in the interview, which was picked up by Reuters.
Rouhani, a centrist cleric who has been described by the West as a moderate, has pledged to improve Irans relations with the world and ease international sanctions imposed by Western powers over his countrys nuclear program.
Last week, Rouhani said that the time for resolving Iran's nuclear dispute with the West was limited, urging the world to seize the opportunity of his election.
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Dialogue with Iranians:
DEATH TO REPUBLICANS!
The Iranians want to bitch slap the community organizer, too. A line is forming. North Korea is after the Iranians.
Will he do it?
Can he do it?
Obama to go for Trifecta!
In the dying twilight, the Oval office floor.
Torn betting slips littered with tears.
Are slowly covered by radioactive ash.