The most discussed part of President Obama’s trip to the United Nations next week is something that is not on the schedule.
Will Obama say hello to — or even meet with — the new Iran President Hasan Rouhani?
In a near staccato burst of pronouncements, statements and speeches by the new president, Hassan Rouhani; his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif; and even the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the leadership has sent Rosh Hashana greetings to Jews worldwide via Twitter, released political prisoners, exchanged letters with President Obama, praised "flexibility" in negotiations and transferred responsibility for nuclear negotiations from the conservatives in the military to the Foreign Ministry.
"They’re putting stuff out faster than the naysayers can keep up," said Gary Sick, an Iran expert with Columbia University. "They dominate the airwaves."
Mr. Rouhani, asked in the NBC News interview if he thought Mr. Obama looked weak when he backed off from a threat to conduct a missile strike against Syria over a deadly chemical weapons attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, replied: "We consider war a weakness. Any government or administration that decides to wage a war, we consider a weakness. And any government that decides on peace, we look on it with respect to peace."
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