Rouhani: Obama has struck new tone on Iran

by LARA JAKES, MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press
View Comments
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a meeting on nuclear disarmament during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a meeting on nuclear disarmament during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new president says President Barack Obama struck a new tone in his U.N. speech this week that left him optimistic about easing tensions between the two countries.

Hassan Rouhani also said the recent elections that propelled him to the Iranian presidency created a “new environment” that could pave the way for better relations with the West.

Rouhani said at a news conference in New York that he did not meet with Obama on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week because there was not enough time to plan such a high-stakes meeting.

But he says Iran emerged hopeful from a lower-level meeting with the U.S. and its international partners aimed at restarting talks to settle their nuclear standoff.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 28,157 other followers