On the eve of a landmark trip to attend the U.N. General Assembly, Iran’s president offered Sunday his most expansive vision that a deal to settle the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program could open doors for greater cooperation on regional flash points such as the Syrian civil war.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani says in an interview that he received a “positive and constructive” letter from President Barack Obama congratulating him on his election.
Hard-line parliamentarians challenged Monday the Cabinet proposed by Iran’s new president, accusing him of nominating ministers who are friendly to the West or who back “sedition” against the country’s clerically dominated system of government.
The White House says it hopes Iran’s new president will “heed the will” of the voters and make choices that will “lead to a better life” for Iranians.
As Iran’s new president takes over, new U.S. penalties against the country appear a done deal.
Iran’s top leader said Sunday he has not prohibited talks with the U.S. but urged caution with any possible dialogue, describing the American government as untrustworthy.
Iran’s president-elect has sent messages to Syria’s Bashar Assad and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, reaffirming support for the two allies.