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131 House Members Sign Dovish Letter on Iran

Including 18 Republicans.

3:09 PM, Jul 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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As Mr. Rohani said at a pro-regime rally in July 1999: "At dusk yesterday we received a decisive revolutionary order to crush mercilessly and monumentally any move of these opportunist elements wherever it may occur. From today our people shall witness how in the arena our law enforcement force . . . shall deal with these opportunists and riotous elements, if they simply dare to show their faces."...

Beyond Iran's borders, Mr. Rohani has largely favored "resistance" and nuclear defiance. During the campaign, he boasted of how during his tenure as negotiator Iran didn't suspend enrichment—on the contrary, "we completed the program." And on Syria, expect Mr. Rohani to back the ruling establishment's pro-Assad policy. "Syria has constantly been on the front line of fighting Zionism and this resistance must not be weakened," he declared in January, according to the state-run Press TV.

And in a recent issue of the STANDARD, Reuel Marc Gerecht notes Rouhani's past writings on Iran's nuclear program. "In his writings, Rouhani has confessed candidly that negotiations for him were designed to split Iran’s adversaries while advancing the nuclear program," Gerecht wrote. "Since 2005, when his two years as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator ended, Rouhani has spent much time defending his work, arguing that Iran’s atomic quest could have advanced with less economic damage if he had been in charge. He still defends his successful effort to convince the supreme leader to do something he didn’t want to do—temporarily suspend uranium enrichment—in 2004."

At a time when many experts believe only the real threat of military force can now stall the Iranian nuclear program, it will be interesting to see if Obama administration policy moves along the lines of this letter or whether the administration is willing to increase pressure on the regime to its nuclear weapons program.

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