Daily Israel Report

Obama to Rouhani: Prove Your Nuclear Program is Peaceful

White House reveals the contents of the letter that President Barack Obama had sent Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 9/18/2013, 11:24 PM

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation
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The White House revealed on Wednesday the contents of the letter that President Barack Obama had sent Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

In it, said White House spokesman Jay Carney, Obama told Rouhani that the United States is ready to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in a way that allows Tehran to show it is not trying to build weapons.

"In his letter the president indicated that the U.S. is ready to resolve the nuclear issue in a way that allows Iran to demonstrate that its nuclear program is for exclusively peaceful purposes," Carney said.

"The letter also conveyed the need to act with a sense of urgency to address this issue because, as we have long said, the window of opportunity for resolving this diplomatically is open, but it will not remain open indefinitely," he added.

Rouhani, a centrist cleric who has been described by the West as a moderate, has pledged to improve Iran’s relations with the world and ease international sanctions imposed by Western powers over his country’s nuclear program.

Last week, Rouhani said that the time for resolving Iran's nuclear dispute with the West was limited, urging the world to seize the opportunity of his election.

He has also made it clear recently that Iran will not give up "one iota" of its nuclear rights.

Obama exposed the letter exchange with Rouhani in an interview this past weekend. On Tuesday, he told the Spanish language network Telemundo that he wants to test whether Rouhani is serious when he says he wants to open a dialogue with the United States.

The comments have led to speculations that Obama and Rouhani would meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, but the White House denied on Monday that Obama has any intention of meeting Rouhani.

Carney confirmed Wednesday that while both leaders plan to be in New York next week for the UN General Assembly, they do not currently have plans to meet one another.

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