June 20, 2013

AMERICA DESERVES A THIRD CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT:

Hassan Rohani: What it means to be a centrist in Iran : Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani has the insider credentials needed for regime credibility and the reformist tendencies that could allow him to heal the rift with the US. (Scott Peterson, June 20, 2013, CS Monitor)

Later, Rohani earned higher degrees from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. He wrote a PhD thesis titled "The Flexibility of shariah (Islamic law) with reference to the Iranian experience."

Rohani served as Khamenei's chosen representative to Iran's Supreme National Security Council for 16 years. A decade ago, under reformist President Mohammad Khatami, he served as Iran's top nuclear negotiator, working out a deal with European leaders to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment, which conservative critics later lambasted as "weak." 

During that time, in March 2004, Rohani gave a handwritten message to Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, who handed it directly to US President George W. Bush, as Rohani requested.

The letter, on a single sheet of paper without letterhead or signature, said that "Iran was ready to enter into dialogue with the United States on all issues, including both Iran's nuclear program and broader matters of regional security," and to pursue "full normalization of relations," according to Mr. ElBaradei's memoir.

Rohani's letter was Iran's second approach to the White House. The first, a more expansive offer to talk, was faxed to Washington shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. It came a few months after Rohani was photographed with the American earthquake crews in Bam.

Neither received a response.

Posted by at June 20, 2013 4:31 PM
  

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