Hassan Rouhani

UN Envoy: We Won't Accept Bad Deal On Iran

'Mistrust of past is deep,' Samantha Power, top U.S. diplomat, tells ADL at centennial gathering; vows to stand up for Israel in world body.

10/31/2013
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America's top envoy to the world community, Samantha Power, told leaders of the Anti-Defamation League Thursday that the Obama administration stands firm against Iran's nuclear program and isn't weakening its position, despite emerging dialogue between the two countries.

"No deal is better than a bad deal" on nuclear disarmament, said Power, who succeeded Susan Rice as United Nations Ambassador in August. "We will not accept a bad deal."

Power talk: "On my watch we will push ceaselessly for further inclusion of Israel in regional groups." David Karp for ADL

Rouhani Acknowledges ‘Crime,’ Not Scope, Of Holocaust

09/25/2013
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WASHINGTON — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust as a crime against the Jews but refused to comment on its scope.

U.S.-Jewish Iranians Reject Rouhani Invite

Leaders cite Iran president’s recent comments on Holocaust.

09/25/2013
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When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as president of Iran, would invite leaders of the Iranian Jewish community in the U.S. to meet with him when he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the answer was a definitive “no.”

American-Jewish Iranians Reject Rouhani Invitation To Meet

09/23/2013
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When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as president of Iran, would invite leaders of the Iranian Jewish community in the U.S. to meet with him when he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the answer was a definitive “no.”

After all, he was a Holocaust denier whose stated goal was to wipe Israel off the map.

But in recent days, when the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, issued a similar invitation, there was considerable discussion among the leadership of the Iranian Jewish community here and in Los Angeles as to the appropriate response. Unlike his predecessor, Rouhani has been on a one-man public relations campaign, seeking to soften his country’s image in the hopes of easing tough economic sanctions and countering talk of military action against Iran.

Iranian Jewish leaders hoped Rouhani would offer proposals to expand freedom, but "haven't seen anything yet." Getty Images

Candidates Agree On Pressuring Iran

In "capital of the world," mayors need foreign policy, Lhota says.

09/23/2013
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In a rare show of accord, both major candidates for mayor on Monday called for continued U.S. pressure on Iran to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons, as the country’s new president heads to Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly.

President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West, as he tries to strike a more conciliatory tone than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have won him open ears in the State Department.

But Republican Joseph Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio joined a chorus of public figures outside UN headquarters calling for vigilance.

"We won't be fooled again," says de Blasio, left. "Words are not as important as actions," says Lhota. Adam Dickter

Willful Dissonance

08/06/2013
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Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is being described as a moderate in the American press. Compared to his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, maybe he is. After all, while Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust and openly and repeatedly called for doing away with Israel, so far Rouhani, appearing at an Al Quds Day event in Iran on Friday where marchers shout “Death to Israel,” “only” referred to the Jewish state as “a sore that has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years.”

Netanyahu’s Office Says His Attack On Iran's Rohani’s Based On Bad Translation

08/02/2013
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”

Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social media website tweets reflecting the statement and told the BBC that it was “based on a Reuters report with an erroneous translation.”

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