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Encouraged by Rouhani Election, US Urges Iran to Engage

With the election of Hassan Rouhani, the United States is cautiously optimistic about serious negotiations with Iran when nuclear talks resume in the fall, says a senior US administration official.
Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rohani (C), attends a conference called National Unity, Policies and Methods in Tehran November 12, 2007.  REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN) - RTX8ZM

The United States, encouraged by the signals sent by Iran’s election of Hassan Rouhani, is urging Iran to give a substantive response and negotiate seriously when nuclear talks resume in the fall, a senior US administration official said Friday, July 12.

“We have all noted Rouhani’s positive tone and remarks post-election,” the senior US administration official said in a small background conference briefing Friday. “We are glad for the positive words. But what we are looking for are actions that indicate a desire to deal seriously with the P5+1. Words are not enough. We need a concrete response.”

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