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Moderate, Or More Of The Same? A Look At Iran's New President

June 18, 2013



"If there's going to be a relationship that develops with (Hasan) Rowhani, the American and Iranian public probably will not see it for several years out in the open."

--Saeed Khan, lecturer of Near East history, politics, and culture at Wayne State University.

Iran's newly-elected president is reaching out to the United States, saying both countries should look to the future. But Hasan Rowhani also repeated that one-on-one talks are only possible if the U.S. never interferes in Iranian affairs. What kind of leader will Rowhani be? WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Professor Saeed Khan, lecturer on Near East history, politics, and culture at Wayne State University. Khan says Rowhani's style may resemble that of a previous Iranian leader, Mohammad Khatami. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.