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Iran's Rowhani Promises New Era

Iran's Rowhani Promises New Erai
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June 17, 2013 7:28 PM
Iran's newly elected president is giving a glimpse into what he says may lie ahead for relations between Tehran and the rest of the world. Cleric Hassan Rowhani spoke at a news conference Monday, during which he promised to follow a path of moderation. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.
Iran's newly elected president is giving a glimpse into what he says may lie ahead for relations between Tehran and the rest of the world.  Cleric Hassan Rowhani spoke at a news conference Monday, during which he promised to follow a path of moderation. 

President-elect Hassan Rowhani took to the podium to make clear his victory represents a new era, hinting at a new start with world powers, including the United States.

"The issue of relations between Iran and America is a difficult and complex one. It is not a simple problem. There exists an old wound [between the two countries] and it is necessary for it to close in order for it to heal," said Rowhani.

The U.S. and its allies have accused Tehran of using its nuclear program to develop nuclear weapons - which Iran denies - and have imposed several rounds of sanctions that have battered Iran's economy.

While Rowhani indicated he favors improving ties with the international community, major policy decisions in Iran rest with the supreme leader.

Still, Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator, suggests there is room from compromise.

"Our nuclear program is completely transparent but we are willing to show more transparency and to make clear to the entire world that the Islamic Republic's measures are within international guidelines," he said.

The most recent round of talks between Iran and world powers, before the election, did not produce results.  But during a stop in Baghdad, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton expressed hope.

"I will continue in my work to urge Iran to work closely with me and with the E3 +3  to build confidence in the nature of their nuclear program," said Ashton.

Rowhani's win in the first round of Iran's presidential election touched off celebrations in the streets of Iran, giving some in the international community hope that the harsh rhetoric of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the hardline stance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will give way to progress.

Jeff Seldin

Jeff works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters covering a wide variety of subjects, from the nature of the growing terror threat in Northern Africa to China’s crackdown on Tibet and the struggle over immigration reform in the United States. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jseldin or on Google Plus.

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by: Anonymous
June 18, 2013 4:40 AM
In Iran, we all hope every thing will become better since president Rohani is more reasonable than president Ahmadinejad. I hope, as an Iranian people, the relationship between Iran and the rest of the world ties again.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
June 17, 2013 10:14 PM
Now a new president was elected in Iran. I did not know it is not allowed for any president to be elected straight three terms. It seems Iran is not an authoritarian coutry. I hope the U.S. would response friendly to Rowhani's straight statement concerning the issues between Iran and the U.S.

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