After taking the oath of office on Sunday, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s new centrist president, Hassan Rowhani (who achieved a landslide victory in the June 2013 presidential elections) held his first news conference since his inauguration. During the conference, President Rowhani addressed Iran’s controversial and a decades long nuclear program which has been a substantial concern for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the international community, the United States, and its allies. These concerns are primarily aimed at some of the Tehran’s recently revealed clandestine nuclear programs, as well as at Iran’s defiance and violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions requesting a halt to Iran’s enrichment of uranium.
‘The war-mongering group’
If Rowhani insists on continuing Iran’s nuclear program while using softer language as he suggested at the news conference, he may be able to buy a short period of time. But the ideological and political gap between the international community and Iran is too deep to bridge or to allow for the establishment of a permanent agreement.Majid Rafizadeh
On the surface, it appears that the new president is deviating from the language used by his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who favored combative, non-conciliatory, uncompromising language and rejected most of the talks and negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. Nevertheless, the major question is whether the new president of Iran will be capable of charting a way that will lead to a resolution over its controversial nuclear program and satisfy the P5+1 and the international community at large.SHOW MORE