After reassuring messages were sent to the United States and seconds before the UN General Assembly met, the Iranian President clarified that he will not concede on the nuclear issue. “The Iranian right to enrich uranium should be recognized by the world,” said Rouhani according to a report put out by the French news agency AFP.








“We won’t concede on the nuclear issue,” Rouhani

“We won’t concede on the nuclear issue,” Rouhani Photo Credit: Reuters

After calming messages were dispatched to the United States and seconds before the UN General Assembly met, the Iranian President clarified that he will not concede on the nuclear issue.  “The Iranian right to enrich uranium should be recognized by the world, said Rouhani according to a report put out by the French news agency AFP.

 Simultaneously, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were cautious of their country engaging in the expected negotiations with the United States.   “Past experiences requires the country’s diplomatic apparatus to be careful and to inspect with skepticism the behavior of those that prefer contacts,” a statement of the Iranian Revolution Guards stressed.  

 Last week, the White House announced that the United States expects to negotiate with Iran in regards to her nuclear program.  “We will speak with Iran on the basis of mutual respect, as long as Iran is ready to prove that her nuclear program is used for civilian purposes,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.   “We had a number of engagements with the Iranians and we continue to hold talks between the two countries, during which the Iranians will have the opportunity to demonstrate the seriousness of their actions.” 

 American President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani both will come to New York this coming week to take part in a UN General Assembly convention.   Last Thursday, the White House reported that President Obama opened the possibility of meeting with Iranian President Rouhani during the UN General Assembly convention.  “Obama is ready to meet under the condition that Iran is ready to prove that she is serious about coping with her nuclear program,” clarified White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.   







“Continued enrichment,” nuclear facility

“Continued enrichment,” nuclear facility Reuters

Rouhani: Having a peaceful nuclear program is part of our identity

 When background reports mentioned a possible meeting, Rouhani reiterated his desire to have a dialogue with the west, including about the nuclear program.  However, the Iranian President stressed that having a peaceful nuclear program is part of the Iranian identity and his country’s attempts to achieve status in the world. 

 In an opinion column published in the Washington Post, Rouhani wrote, “the call for hope and common sense won the public mandate in the streets of Iran in the last elections.   I am obligated to the promises I made to my people, including the obligation to launch a dialogue with the world.   I suggest to my colleagues to utilize this opportunity and to respond to my efforts to open a dialogue, for the benefit of future generations.”