In an interview on a Spanish language American television channel, American President Barack Obama declared that he is ready to test Iranian President Rouhani and attempt to find diplomatic means of stopping the Iranian nuclear program.

“I’m ready to test Rouhani,” American President Obama

“I’m ready to test Rouhani,” American President Obama Photo Credit: AP

President Obama said Wednesday morning that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “wants to open a dialogue with the west and with the United States.”  In an interview broadcast on the Spanish language American television channel Telemundo, Obama noted that he is “ready to test Rouhani.”  He added, “There is now a diplomatic opportunity and I hope that the Iranians will utilize it.”  

 The American President also spoke about Syria and demanded that the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad resign from the government.  Given that, he added that the first necessary step is to contend with Syrian chemical weapons.

 Factors are joining to renew the new atmosphere in regards to relations between Tehran and Washington, at least outwardly.    On Monday, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported that President Rouhani is ready to close the nuclear reactor in Fordo—last night Iranian Supreme Leader Khomeini said that “brave leadership is needed” regarding the nuclear program.

 “Statesmanship is a field full of smiles,” said Khomeini in front of Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders and he added that good actors are needed for concessions, but that the goal shouldn’t be forgotten.  “The Iranian opposition to nuclear weapons isn’t connected to the United States and to other states but due to her beliefs and her principles,” he said.  

 According to different reports, the framework that Iran is interested to suggest to the west includes maintaining her civilian nuclear capabilities, as Iran designates it, with restrictions and increased supervision.   The Iranians are ready, under supervision, to limit the number of centrifuges to enrich uranium, especially in Natanz.  

 The Iranians also offered to sign onto an additional protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to accept enhanced supervision at nuclear facilities, including open visits.  The significance of this is that Iran will not have a window of opportunity to develop a bomb, between the visits of inspectors.  One possible implementation is to document in every given moment the centrifuges’ and for the International Atomic Energy Commission to broadcast live pictures in Vienna.