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New opportunity for US and Iranian relationship

Hassan Rohani's election as Iranian president gives both his country and the US a fresh chance to reset their relationship

"An open hand, not a clenched fist”, was how Barack Obama described his plan to improve relations with Iran back in 2009. New elected leaders, he assumed, had the power to change things. Now Iran has a new president. Hassan Rohani, elected in mid-June, offers both countries an opportunity for a fresh start. They should take it. The sanctions imposed on Iran, designed to stop its alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon, have punished the country but have yet to yield the diplomatic victory sought in the West. Some see the victory of Rohani, a centrist candidate who has already made conciliatory comments about liberalising Iranian society and improving relations with the US, as proof that sanction

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