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PublishDate: Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:31

US ‘ready to engage Iran directly’ after election

In Tehran, Rohani hailed his victory as one of moderation over extremism, urging world powers to treat Iran with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.

The US said yesterday it is prepared to engage Iran directly over its disputed nuclear programme after moderate cleric Hassan Rohani was declared the country’s new president.

The White House said such engagement would be aimed at reaching a “diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme.”

The West suspects Iran’s nuclear programme is aimed at building nuclear weapons, but Iran insists it is for peaceful purposes like generating energy.

The White House said in a statement it respected the will of the Iranian people and congratulated them for taking part in the election, praising “their courage in making their voices heard”.

In Tehran, Rohani hailed his victory as one of moderation over extremism, urging world powers to treat Iran with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.
(Gulf Times)

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