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Mr. Rowhani on Monday said a plan drawn up by Iranian officials and French President Jacques Chirac eight years ago could be a possible solution.
“In 2005, we came to a final agreement in talks with Mr. Jacques Chirac on how to build international confidence in Iran’s enrichment activities, and this agreement could be the final solution,” Mr. Rowhani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in talks with the European Union at the time, said in a news conference in Tehran, referring to talks with France, Germany and Britain.
“The Germans acquiesced in the agreement, but Britain, under the U.S. pressure, refrained from cooperation, and the job was left unfinished,” Mr. Rowhani said Monday in remarks reported by the semi-official Fars news agency.
Mr. Rowhani’s election was a “potentially hopeful sign,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“There is no quick fix to the current issues with Iran, even with a new president,” said Jane Harman, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center and a former member of Congress, said in a conference call Monday. “We have seen this movie before in Iran.”
Mr. Rowhani picked up more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.
The United States has led a Western effort that has included sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes.
A combination of Mr. Rowhani’s first-round election victory and the dire economic conditions created by Western sanctions could give the new president greater influence on nuclear policy, at least initially.
“Mr. Rowhani is going to have more of a say … and in a way the sanctions can be used as a leverage by Mr. Rowhani, who seems to me definitely to want to reach a deal with the West,” said Meir Javedanfar, who teaches contemporary Iranian politics at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel.
“Mr. Rowhani can say, ‘Well, either I have a mandate to reach a deal or you have the sanctions.’ I think this time there is room to be optimistic,” he said on the Wilson Center conference call with reporters.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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