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  • Senate votes to bar proposed Iran U.N. ambassador from country

    04/07/2014 5:46:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Apr 2014
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday seeking to bar Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi, from entering the United States. The legislation, introduced by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, would prevent "known terrorists" from entering the United States to serve as U.N. ambassadors. The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the measure by a voice vote. The possibility that Abutalebi may have played a role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis has outraged some of the U.S. Embassy workers held by the Iranians for 444 days. Several lawmakers had said they were infuriated that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would make such...
  • How to Secure a Proper Iranian Agreement

    12/08/2013 11:54:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    By now you have probably read and heard a flood of analysis on the interim deal the Obama Administration made with the Iranian government in coordination with five other governments. Except for two people who write for the New York Times, the reviews we have read are quite damning. The purpose of this column is neither to analyze the position of any parties nor to project whether this agreement will do harm to our allies in the region. They have certainly strongly expressed they were sold down the river by the agreement, but the only thing that they are hearing...
  • Ahmadinejad Challenges Rouhani to Public Debate

    12/03/2013 8:04:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/4/2013, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has challenged his successor, Hassan Rouhani, to a debate intended to defend his eight-year record in office, reports the British Telegraph. In his first political intervention since stepping down last August, the former president expressed outrage at a recent televised speech in which Rouhani took aim at Ahmadinejad’s stewardship of Iran’s economy. Rouhani said that his predecessor had presided over “unprecedented stagflation” in an address made to mark his own administration's first 100 days at the helm. During Ahmadinejad’s presidency, Iran’s currency plummeted to an all-time low as the country faced a growing shortage of...
  • Khamenei hints he is not happy with Obama call

    10/05/2013 4:21:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/06/13
    TEHRAN: Iran's top leader said on Saturday that some aspects of Hassan Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate," but reiterated his crucial support for the president's policy of outreach to the West. The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, summarized on Saturday on his website khamenei.ir, came after hardliners criticized a 15-minute phone conversation between Rouhani and US President Barack Obama, a gesture aimed at ending three decades of estrangement between the two countries.
  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ASKS CONGRESS TO DELAY IRAN SANCTIONS

    10/05/2013 4:08:07 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 4 Oct 2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The Obama administration asked Congress on Thursday to delay a new round of sanctions against Iran, citing new negotiations and the progress made in recent overtures between President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Until now, the administration has claimed to pursue a "dual track" policy, in which it applied pressure through sanctions while at the same time remaining open to diplomatic progress. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that delaying sanctions could help create a window in which new talks could work. "We do believe it would be helpful...
  • State Dept. official urges Congress to delay new Iran sanctions

    10/05/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | Oct 3, 2013 | Paul Richter
    A senior U.S. diplomat urged Congress to delay tough new Iran sanctions legislation until after upcoming negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program for fear of undermining the talks. President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke on the phone Friday about the new diplomatic effort after years of stalemate. The administration has been wary about Congress’ desire to keep hitting Iran’s economy with new sanctions, fearing too much pressure could threaten the international coalition that is now cooperating with sanctions.
  • A sad statesman || At UN, Netanyahu spoke to a world that refused to listen

    10/04/2013 6:53:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02.10.13 - Oct 2 2013 | Ari Shavit
    Whether credible or not, the Israeli military threat made a major comeback in New York on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly Tuesday night very different from his previous ones: It lacked reproach, gimmicks and thrills. The arguments were factual and germane. Passion was kept at bay. It was clear that the Israeli statesman speaking to a thinly populated hall in New York, and to an anemic American public opinion, was a sad statesman. Once...
  • Report: Israel Eyes Anti-Iran Security Pact with Gulf States

    10/04/2013 11:03:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    SpaceWar ^ | October 3, 2013 | Staff Writers
    Israel, alarmed at the prospect of a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement, is reported to be discussing the possibility of an anti-Iran alliance with longtime Arab adversaries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a project that could have immense ramifications in the Middle East. If talks are under way, they're in large part the result of many secret meetings between Israeli and Arab intelligence chiefs and other senior officials that have been held over several years, often in the Jordanian capital Amman. Senior Israelis have held meetings with prominent figures from a number of Persian Gulf and other Arab states in...
  • Granholm: Leaders in Iran, Syria ‘Acting More Rationally Than the House Tea Party Republicans’

    09/30/2013 2:35:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 30, 2013 - 1:03 PM | Melanie Hunter
    During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Syrian and Iranian leaders are behaving “more rationally” than “House Tea Party Republicans.” “It, to me, it is mind blowing this week that we see leaders of our most, biggest global adversaries, Iran, Syria, to your point, acting more rationally than the House Tea Party Republicans,” said Granholm. …
  • Netanyahu urges Obama to keep sanctions in place on Iran

    09/30/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/30/13 | Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama on Monday to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West. Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, not just words, and vowed to keep all options on the table, including the possibility of a military response. Netanyahu was hosted at the White House just three days after Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone...
  • No showdown, but Obama and Netanyahu did not bridge gaps on Iran’s nuclear program

    09/30/2013 11:43:42 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | September 30, 2013, 9:14 PM (IDT)
    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s get-together at the White House Monday, Sept. 30 turned into an amicable joust over their differences on how to handle Iran’s nuclear program without bridging them. As a friendly gesture to Israel, Obama said that no options, including the military one, were off the table for preventing Iran attaining a nuclear weapon, on which he and Netanyahu were agreed. He also agreed that Iran must prove its sincerity in actions, not just words. But they were nowhere near the “same page” as US officials have claimed. The prime minister insisted that Iran...
  • The ‘Historic’ Phone Call Was a Hostage Negotiation

    09/30/2013 8:27:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-29-13 | Michael Ledeen
    As advertised, Hassan Rouhani was the star of the week at the Great UN Circus. He knew it, and he treated his American hosts with arrogance and contempt, and was duly hailed as a peace-seeker. He spent hours and hours with diplomats (just not American ones), journalists, academic apologists such as Gary Sick, and anti-American rabble rousers like Louis Farrakhan, but he didn’t have time for President Obama. No matter. When the Iranians told the White House that Rouhani could squeeze in a few words on the phone, Obama eagerly called him up, thereby giving the journalists and apologists the...
  • Israel's Netanyahu Heads For The US With A Warning To The White House: Don't Be Fooled By Iran

    09/30/2013 9:00:19 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 30 Sept 2013 | Joseph Federman
    JERUSALEM — Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don't be fooled by Tehran's new leadership. Netanyahu contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb.
  • To the World, Netanyahu is an Extremist and Rouhani Moderate

    09/30/2013 7:36:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | September 25, 2013 10:08 am | Ronn Torossian
    There is a “moderate” world leader who married his cousin when she was only 14, in a country where some in the media do not even know her name. This man’s wife doesn’t participate in open society. His country arrests and abuses people of different religions than the country’s majority. He describes a nearby democracy as “an occupier and usurper government” that “does injustice to the people of the region, and has brought instability to the region, with its warmongering policies.” Under the rule of this new “moderate” leader, his country continues to enrich uranium, and continues to pursue nuclear...
  • Rouhani home with US ?gift? of silver griffin: reports

    09/29/2013 2:48:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | 9-28-13
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as ?a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. ?The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you',? Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. ?They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation.? Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • Iran, Yes. Congress, No. Obama Won’t Budge for Hardliners at Home

    09/29/2013 1:19:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | September 28, 2013 | Eleanor Clift
    After a remarkable day for diplomacy, it was time to deal with the hardliners at home. Eleanor Clift on the president’s dangerous standoff with his domestic ideologues. The contrast could not have been greater between a pair of diplomatic breakthroughs and the intransigence of Congress. Appearing in the White House briefing room Friday afternoon, President Obama said he had just spoken with Iranian President Rouhani, everything was on track for the nuclear issue, and the U.N. Security Council had reached a resolution that would ban Syria’s chemical weapons. Who could have imagined that negotiating with the Iranians and the Russians...
  • Susan Rice: Rouhani asked Obama to call him

    09/29/2013 12:29:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 27, 2013 | CNN Political Unit
    Rice told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the Iranian delegation approached the Obama administration about a phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The request came after indicating earlier in the week that a direct meeting at the UN General Assembly would not be possible due to Iran’s internal political reality.
  • President Obama: The Tale of Two Calls

    09/29/2013 9:05:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    President Obama made news with two phone calls this week. On one of the calls he pledged fervent cooperation--even though he foresees difficult negotiations ahead. On the other, Obama warned the person on the other end the line that he could expect nothing but the back of his hand. On the first call, he admitted that "while there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward... [he] believe[d] the two parties could reach a comprehensive solution." (Comprehensive, mind you. Not partial, not segmented, but over-arching, all encompassing, and addressing the most important items to both sides. Hence, comprehensive.) On...
  • Obama Urges Iranian President to Release Pastor Saeed

    09/29/2013 7:32:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/28/2013 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR,
    In the first communication between the leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979, President Barack Obama on Friday spoke to President Hassan Rouhani by phone and called for the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is in an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith and has been tortured. Obama, the first American leader to speak with an Iranian president since the Islamic revolution, noted the nation's concern about three American citizens who have been held within Iran in his 15-minute conversation with the Iranian president. The three include the missing U.S. citizen Robert Levinson, Pastor Saeed...
  • Netanyahu to Tell UN: Iran Has Enough Uranium for Nukes

    09/28/2013 11:13:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/29/2013, 5:00 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to tell the United Nations General Assembly that Iran has enough uranium to produce nuclear weapons, according to the Sunday Times. An unnamed senior Israeli official was quoted as having told the newspaper that Netanyahu will say in his speech on Tuesday that Iran currently has 219 kilograms (482 pounds) of enriched uranium, which is enough to produce a nuclear weapon. … The Sunday Times also reported that during Netanyahu’s meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday, the Israeli prime minister will present Obama with an intelligence dossier containing evidence that Iran is...
  • How Rouhani Is Playing Obama [Clown Fails Again]

    09/30/2013 4:32:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/30/13 | John Bolton
    Monday ends the worst month of the Obama presidency. The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the United Nations President Obama embarked on a campaign for “progress” with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests. Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool...
  • Obama’s Renewed Iranian Romance

    09/30/2013 5:28:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 30, 2013 | Joseph Klein
    Obama’s Renewed Iranian Romance Posted By Joseph Klein On September 30, 2013 @ 12:52 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Three days after being snubbed at the United Nations by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, President Obama made a hurriedly arranged telephone call to Rouhani last Friday as the Iranian president was heading to the airport to return to Tehran. This followed what Secretary of State John Kerry had described as his own “constructive” meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif the previous day. Obama couldn’t wait to tell reporters after his call with Rouhani how optimistic he was...
  • First Syria, now Iran; Obama being played for a fool

    09/30/2013 12:21:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 01, 2013 12:00AM | John Bolton
    <p>The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the UN President Obama embarked on a campaign for "progress" with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests.</p> <p>Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool over Syria, Barack Obama was initially snubbed by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani despite frantic White House efforts to produce a handshake.</p>
  • Netanyahu and Obama From Oval Office Address Middle East Threats

    09/30/2013 12:58:54 PM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 6 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | September 30, 2013 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Just days after U.S. President Barack Obama became telephone buddies with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Israel’s Prime Minister urged Obama not to let up on the international sanctions imposed on Iran because even for diplomacy to work, “those pressures must be kept in place.” The two heads of country met in the Oval Office on Monday, September 30, and discussed several matters including the ongoing discussions between Israeli and Arab Palestinian negotiators, and the crises in Syria and Egypt. One of the primary topics of mutual concern was whether there has been a sea change in Iran’s dealing with...
  • Israel and Others in Mideast View Overtures of U.S. and Iran With Suspicion

    09/29/2013 6:21:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 29, 2013 | Jodi Rudoren
    For Israel and Persian Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, President Obama’s telephone call with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Friday was the geopolitical equivalent of discovering your best friend flirting with your main rival. Though few nations have a greater interest in Mr. Obama’s promise to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, his overtures to Mr. Rouhani were greeted with alarm here and in other Middle East capitals allied with the United States. They worry about Iran’s sincerity, and fear that Mr. Obama’s desire for a diplomatic deal will only buy Iran time to continue a march toward...
  • Ted Cruz praises President Obama on Iran (misleading CNN title!)

    09/28/2013 3:55:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | BURGESS EVERETT
    As the Texas Republican senator works overtime to defund Obamacare in a government funding bill, Cruz also specifically commended Obama for raising the status of Pastor Saeed Abedini in his conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday. Obama noted U.S. “concern” with reuniting Abedini and two other American citizens believed to be held in Iran with their families, according to a White House official. “He did the right thing,” Cruz said of Obama. ... he (Cruz) urged passage of a congressional resolution that affirms the right for Israel to exist as a Jewish state and calls for the release...
  • Fate of top Iran nuclear negotiator in doubt (Resigned?)

    07/06/2005 9:45:02 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Jul 6, 2005 | Paul Hughes and Parisa Hafezi
    Confusion Over Iran Negotiator TEHRAN (Reuters) - Confusion surrounded the future of Iran's top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani on Wednesday with conflicting accounts over whether he had resigned. Rumors over Rohani's fate began circulating after the presidential election win on June 24 of hardline former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who many diplomats and analysts expect to adopt a tougher nuclear policy stance. Citing an "informed source" the official IRNA news agency said on Wednesday Rohani had sent his resignation letter to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami. The report gave no reason for Rohani's decision to quit his post as secretary of...
  • New Iran Prez: Our Economic Problems All Israel's Fault

    06/17/2013 12:25:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/6/13 | David Levy
    Hassan Rohani, Iran's new President, is being termed a “moderate” in Western media, but it appears that his moderation stops when it comes to Israel. In his first speech as Iran's new leader, Rohani quickly launched into a diatribe against Israel, blaming the Jewish state for Iran's economic problems. Those problems largely have their roots in the sanctions imposed by the West on Iran, the result of the previous government's refusal to allow international inspectors into some of its nuclear facilities, and its insistence at enriching uranium at a level that would allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons. Western countries...
  • Rohani: Israel is an 'old wound' that should be removed

    08/02/2013 3:21:55 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 8/2/13
    Iran's new president says 'Zionist regime' is a 'wound that should be removed' as millions mark al-Quds Day. Netanyahu: Rohani's true face exposed sooner than expected Ahmadinajed: A devastating storm will uproot basis of Zionism Iran's new president has called Israel an "old wound" that should be removed in comments published just two days ahead of his inauguration and as millions of Iranians took to the streets to mark al-Quds Day. Hassan Rohani's remarks about Israel - his country's archenemy - echo those of other Iranian leaders. Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says Rohani spoke after taking part in an...
  • Obama to Rohani: May God be with you

    09/28/2013 2:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 09.28.13, 13:10
    “Have a nice day”—this is how Iranian President Hassan Rohani concluded his phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, the first direct contact between leaders of the two nations in over three decades. A message on Rohani’s Twitter page, which has since been deleted, stated that Obama answered in Farsi by saying “khodahafez” to indicate goodbye, whose literal meaning is “may God be with you.” The tweet was one of several Rohani posted after the historic phone conversation. He noted that Obama had phoned him and told him he was positive that relations between Iran and the US would have...
  • Reports: Rouhani Home with US 'Gift' of Silver Griffin

    09/28/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/28/13 | afp
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. "The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. "They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation." Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • Report: Shoe thrown at Iran's President Rouhani

    09/28/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | September 28, 2013 | Shirzad Bozorghmehr
    * A protester throws a shoe toward Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, media report * The incident occurred at Tehran's airport as Rouhani returned from New York * Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama had groundbreaking conversation Friday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's arrival in Tehran Saturday was marked by an incident during which a shoe was thrown by a protester in his direction, Iran's semi-official Fararu news agency said. A group of Iranian protesters, opposed to dialog with the United States, were at Tehran's airport where Rouhani supporters had also gathered to welcome the president home, Fararu said. Rouhani left the...
  • Iran's 'Moderate' New President on Whether Holocaust a Myth: 'I'm Not a Historian'

    09/20/2013 7:57:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 19, 2013
    In an UNAIRED portion of an interview with NBC correspondent Ann Curry, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani did not refute his predecessor's claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was a "myth." "President [Mahmoud] Ahmadeinejad said that the Holocaust is a myth," said Curry, wearing a head scarf. "Do you agree?"
  • CNN Denies Mistranslating Rowhani Interview; Iranian state-run media said Rowhani

    09/25/2013 1:59:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/13 | : Alana Goodman
    CNN said it did not mistranslate Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s comments about the Holocaust to make him sound more moderate during a Tuesday interview with Christiane Amanpour, contradicting a report that ran in Iran’s state-run news agency. According to the government-run Fars News service, CNN mistranslated Rowhani’s statements and downplayed his suggestion that the Holocaust was not an historical fact. CNN told the Washington Free Beacon that the translator who worked on the interview was actually hired by the Iranian government. According to the Fars News translation of Rowhani’s CNN interview, the Iranian president did not use the term “Holocaust,”...
  • Iran State-Media Claims CNN ‘Fabricated’ Rouhani Holocaust Remarks

    09/26/2013 1:16:23 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | September 25, 2013
    It was reported that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had delivered what his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, never could — recognition that the Holocaust took place — but according to the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency significant parts of the report are inaccurate. On CNN.com’s home page Wednesday morning, the main headline asserted that Rouhani, in an interview with network reporter Christiane Amanpour, said that the Holocaust happened: “Iran’s New President: Yes, the Holocaust Happened.” Fars however, categorically denied the claim that Rouhani addressed the Holocaust by name, saying the network “fabricated” the story, adding the word ‘Holocaust,’ among other conciliatory phrases,...
  • Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown With U.S.(NYT)

    09/20/2013 3:50:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2013 | By JODI RUDOREN
    JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, moved quickly to block even tentative steps by Iran and the United States to ease tensions and move toward negotiations to end the nuclear crisis, signaling what is likely to be a sustained campaign by Israel to head off any deal. Mr. Netanyahu’s office dismissed as “media spin” a flurry of statements by Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, about the goals of his nation’s nuclear program and his willingness to engage in diplomacy regarding it. His remarks were made amid news that Mr. Obama had reached out to Mr. Rouhani with a private...
  • Iran hails Obama's UN speech

    09/25/2013 12:59:17 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/25/2013 4:41:07 PM | AFP
    A senior Iranian official welcomed the "moderate and respectful tone" of US President Barack Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly, as newspapers hailed a new path for the Islamic republic. "It seems a new climate has been created with the rise to power of a new Iranian government, and all international parties are trying to react to this new climate,"said Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi. "For example, Barack Obama has tried to use a more moderate and respectful tone," he said, quoted by ISNA news agency.
  • Farrakhan a VIP guest at Rouhani Party

    09/25/2013 4:42:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    New York Post/Fox News ^ | September 25, 2013 | Staff
    The Iranian delegation may be pariahs inside the UN building, but they’ve found at least one friend during their visit to New York – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and his entourage attended a dinner party hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday night. Rouhani’s dinner party was held on the second floor of the One UN Hotel, where the Iranian delegation is staying, and at the same time as President Obama’s party at the Waldorf Astoria just blocks away. The private dinner party was held just hours after Rouhani’s speech to the general assembly.
  • Iranian Jews in U.S. Reject Invitation to Meet Rouhani

    09/23/2013 9:39:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/13 | Elad Benari
    Members of the Iranian Jewish community in the United States have refused an invitation to meet with the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, despite his recent moderate comments, reports the Jewish Week. The decision to reject Rouhani’s invitation for a meeting during his visit to New York for the UN General Assembly came after considerable discussion among the leadership of the Iranian Jewish community in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend. .....
  • L’Shanah Tovah from Iran’s Holocaust Deniers (Rouhani)

    09/24/2013 3:44:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 9/5/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Hassan Rouhani @HassanRouhani As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah. pic.twitter.com/tmaf84x7UR 8:27 AM - 4 Sep 2013 Hassan Rouhani @HassanRouhani Congratulatory message on occasion of Rosh Hashanah in Persian http://www.roozno.com/28058 Which was especially bizarre considering who Zarif is: Those expecting a breakthrough from Mr. Zarif might want to consult video of a visit he made to Columbia University in 2006. It shows Mr. Zarif sounding a lot like now-former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Holocaust-denying firebrand that Tehran’s apologists like to portray as an aberration in Iranian...
  • Iran’s Rouhani calls Holocaust crime against Jews (but condems Israel “occupation” in same breath)

    09/24/2013 7:50:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:02pm EDT | Matt Spetalnick and Yeganeh Torbati
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called the Holocaust a “reprehensible” crime committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people, but said it was up to historians to determine the scale of what happened. … But Rouhani went on to take a swipe against Iran’s archfoe Israel, which was founded after World War Two as a Jewish state in part of what had been British-mandate Palestine. “This does not mean that on the other hand you can say ‘Nazis committed crimes against a group, now therefore they must usurp the land of another group and occupy it,’” he said. “This...
  • Rouhani: Holocaust a 'Reprehensible' Crime Against Jews: Iran’s new president admits

    09/24/2013 9:13:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 9/24/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran’s new president admitted on Tuesday that the Holocaust took place, in a sharp contrast to his predecessor. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Nazis committed a "reprehensible" crime against the Jewish people. The remark came in response to Amanpour’s question if he accepted that the Holocaust occurred. "I am not a historian and when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust it is the historians that should reflect," he said. "But in general I can tell you that any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the...
  • Iran President Hasan Rouhani on Holocaust: "I condemn the massacre"

    09/26/2013 7:34:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09/26/2013
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani further distanced himself Thursday from his conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not only acknowledging but condemning the Holocaust. He was keen to add, however, that the Nazi's brutal massacre of the Jews should be viewed in a "separate" light to the current crisis facing the Middle East. "In principle, we and I condemn the massacre carried out by the Nazis in the World War II," Rouhani told Charlie Rose. "I'll also add that many groups were killed by the Nazis in the course of the war, Jews in specific, but there were also Christians, there were Muslims."...
  • Rouhani Says Israel Must Declare Nuclear Bomb

    09/26/2013 7:46:36 AM PDT · by edpc · 20 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 Sept 2013 | AFP
    New York City (AFP) - Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani called Thursday for Israel to put its suspected nuclear arms under international control ahead of a landmark meeting between foreign ministers from Iran and western nations. Rouhani also said he believed a deal could be made on his country's nuclear drive within three to six months.
  • Rouhani chides Israel for not signing nuke treaty

    09/26/2013 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT | Matthew Lee and Lara Jakes
    Heading into a historic meeting on Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities, Iran’s new president called on Israel on Thursday to join an international treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons, chiding the Jewish state for being the only Mideast nation that has failed to do so. President Hassan Rouhani addressed a United Nations forum on nuclear disarmament, speaking as chair of an organization of mostly developing countries that has long demanded that Israel sign the landmark 1979 Non-Proliferation Treaty. …
  • Iran Stiffs Obama

    09/26/2013 8:31:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2013 | Nightwatch
    Iran-US: President Rouhani declined to meet with the US President because of Iranian domestic political considerations. Comment: The significance is that the Iranian snubbed the American before the American reportedly decided whether to meet the Iranian. This resonates little in the US, but in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, this is a bold action. The image of the soft-spoken, conciliatory Iranian president who had no time for the American president conveys the illusion of a shift in strategic polarity. The imagery is an illusion, but Iran won the propaganda advantage. It is typical of the Persians who consider themselves...
  • No handshake between Obama, Iran

    09/24/2013 7:36:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/24/13 02:19 PM ET | Justin Sink
    Iran rejected an offer for President Obama to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday at the United Nations, the White House said Tuesday. Iranian diplomats told the U.S. that such a meeting was “too complicated for Iranians to do at this point,” according to a senior administration official. … Suzanne Maloney, an Iran researcher at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, said a meeting posed significant risk for Rouhani, a new leader grappling with the anti-Americanism that remains a core tenant of Iran’s political culture. “I don't think the moment is yet ripe for a handshake or any...
  • Rouhani declines to meet Obama at United Nations General Assembly

    09/24/2013 1:09:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 113 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 9/24/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House pool reporter says an unnamed official claims President Obama offered to have an "encounter" with his Iranian counterpart, but was turned down: Senior administration officials came to pool hold around 2:45pm to say that the White House had offered to have "an encounter" on the sidelines of UNGA with Iranian President Rouhani, but the Iranians informed the US today that it is "too complicated for Iranians to do at this point."
  • Iran Snubs Obama, Turns Down His Offer of Meeting at UN

    09/24/2013 4:27:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | September 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    After much speculation about whether President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would meet, perhaps photographed shaking hands together, the Islamic Republic was the one that turned down the U.S. president. Senior administration officials told the White House pool about half an hour ago that the White House had offered to have “an encounter” on the sidelines of UN General Assembly with Obama and Rouhani, but the Iranians informed the U.S. today that it is “too complicated for Iranians to do at this point.” “There will be no meeting,” one official said, according to the White House pool report. “It...
  • Lawmakers wary of Obama meeting with Iranian president (Hussein vs Rouhani)

    09/22/2013 4:59:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/13 | Julian Pecquet
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing misgivings about President Obama's potential meeting with Iran's new president on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. The White House said Friday that the president was “ready to engage” with Rouhani, further adding to the speculation that the two could meet face-to-face in what would be the first such encounter since the two countries broke off diplomatic ties in 1980. Several lawmakers believe such a meeting would be a mistake, empowering Iran before it has made any real concessions on its alleged nuclear weapons program....