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U.S., allies see chance for breakthrough with Iran’s new president
“Khamenei traditionally withdraws a little from some of the strategic questions and allows the new president to play a bigger role,” said Bijan Khajehpour of Atieh International, the Vienna, Austria-based arm of a group of strategic consulting firms based in Tehran.
Mr. Rowhani will be counting on some goodwill gestures, including sanctions relief, Mr. Khajehpour said.
“If that doesn’t happen, Khamenei will come back and say, ‘Well I told you that your discourse is not going to work, lets go back to the old line.’”
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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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