July 19, 2013
By Steven Nelson
US News and World Report
Nearly 30 percent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter calling on President Barack Obama to give peace a chance with Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, Whispers has learned.
Rouhani was elected June 14 to lead the country of more than 75 million people, replacing firebrand anti-American leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani previously served as the country’s chief nuclear weapon negotiator and was seen by voters as the less combative option.
“This is the loudest call from Congress for diplomacy with Iran ever,” National Iranian American Council Policy Director Jamal Abdi told U.S. News. “This is unprecedented.”
Inside Iran, Abdi said, there’s hesitation to give ground on nuclear weapons because leaders doubt Congress would cooperate with Obama administration attempts to rescind sanctions.
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