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Obama: The ‘diplomatic path must be tested’ with Iran

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pushed for pursuing diplomacy with Iran’s new government, but called on Tehran to be transparent about its nuclear program. “The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama told the UN General Assembly, speaking…

Obama on Iran’s new president: ‘There is an opportunity here for diplomacy’

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to test the sincerity of signs that new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani may be ready for a newly productive nuclear dialogue with the West. Days after revealing he and Rowhani had swapped letters, Obama however said that Iran would have to demonstrate its own…

Iran ‘won’t give up one iota of nuclear rights’: President Hassan Rowhani

Iran will not give up “one iota” of its nuclear rights, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said in a speech to clerics, Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday. Rowhani’s comments come ahead of a meeting in New York later in the month between his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU…

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani points to chemical weapons use in Syria

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday pointed to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, several days after opposition groups said chemical strikes near Damascus killed hundreds. “The situation prevailing in Syria today and the death of a certain number of innocent people caused by chemical weapons is very distressing,”…

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out at new Iranian president

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday, saying that he shared his hardline predecessor’s aim of destroying the Jewish state. “The president of Iran said the day before yesterday (Friday) that Israel is a wound on the body of Islam,” Netanyahu’s office…

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