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US Seeks to Reassure Israel As It Opens Up to Iran
As the Oba­ma ad­min­is­tra­tion em­barks on a high­ly vis­i­ble diplo­mat­ic over­ture to Iran, White House of­fi­cials are en­gaged in a qui­eter, be­hind-the-scenes ef­fort to re­assure Is­rael that they will not fall for the charms of Iran’s new pres­i­dent by pre­ma­ture­ly eas­ing pres­sure on his gov­ern­ment to curb its nu­clear pro­gram. In pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions with Is­raeli of­fi­cials and a few pub­lic state­ments, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials have em­pha­sized that they re­main skep­ti­cal of Iran’s in­ten­tions on the nu­clear pro­gram, and that they will judge Iran by its ac­tions, not by the con­cil­ia­tory words of its new­ly elect­ed pres­i­dent, Has­san Rouhani. In ad­vance of his ar­rival in New York next week for a meet­ing of the Unit­ed Na­tions Gen­er­al As­sem­bly, Mr. Rouhani has sig­naled a will­ing­ness to ne­go­ti­ate an agree­ment over the fu­ture of Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram.
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