New Iranian President Wants to ‘End the Unhealthy Rivalries’
Just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote a scathing op-ed in the New York Times about how America is not “exceptional”, the new president of Iran has penned a piece for another major American newspaper. In an editorial for The Washington Post, Hassan Rouhani took a very different tone, saying that under his leadership, he hopes that Iran and the United States could “work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart.”
The newly elected leader claimed that his country’s nuclear program—a contentious issue between Iran and American allies—is only for energy. Though many world leaders remain skeptical about the claim, Rouhani said, "We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb and we are not going to do so." Rouhani wrote that, “Rather than focusing on how to prevent things from getting worse, we need to think—and talk—about how to make things better." White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the President believes there could be “an opportunity for diplomacy,” but there are no plans for a face-to-face meeting …
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