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For new Iran foreign policy, the proof is in the hiring

June 17th, 2013
04:45 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Want proof that Iran’s president-elect wants to change Iran’s foreign policy?

“Literally every diplomat that Ahmadinejad fired for favoring engagement with the U.S. was later on hired by Rouhani in his think tank,” Vali Nasr, a former member of Obama’s foreign policy team told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “So he’s been working on this.”

Add to that the fact that Rouhani has a track record on the international stage, as a former chief nuclear negotiator, and Nasr is convinced that diplomats around the world have been given the gift of “breathing room” by the election of the new Iranian president.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Latest Episode

Iranian campaign adviser: ‘There will be new foreign policy’

June 17th, 2013
04:14 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

One thing is clear in Iran, at least according to an adviser to the president-elect's campaign: The people have rejected the policies of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The election of reform-minded Hassan Rouhani is an indication of the mood of the Iranian people, Sadegh Zibakalam, who advised the campaign of the next president, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“The most important issue is not to continue with the policies that have been running and guiding Iran during the past, particularly four years,” Zibakalam said. “Moving towards a better conciliatory, realistic, and pragmatic policy – I mean, that is the main issue.”  FULL POST


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Latest Episode