Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he is prepared to engage in "time-bound and results-oriented" talks on his country's nuclear programme.
He told the UN General Assembly's annual meeting in New York that sanctions against Iran were "violent".
He also welcomed Syria's acceptance of the Chemical Weapons Convention and condemned the use of such weapons.
Earlier, US President Barack Obama said he was encouraged by Mr Rouhani's "more moderate course".
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President Rouhani rejected what he sees as the Western conception of a world with a civilised centre and an uncivilised periphery. The result, he
said, was a monologue in international relations.
Although the Israeli delegation boycotted his speech, President Rouhani used a very different tone at the UN to that of his predecessor, President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The new president condemned what he said was the criminal occupation imposed on the Palestinians, although he used milder
language than President Ahmadinejad.
But so far the hopes of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West have been based on atmospherics, not substance. Negotiations later this week
between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, might show if there has been a change of attitude - on both
New tone, old differences
He told the General Assembly that the diplomatic approach to settling the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme must be tested.
Mr Rouhani, who was elected earlier this year, has pledged a more open approach in international affairs.
Iran is under UN and Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme.
Tehran says it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes but the US and its allies, including Israel, suspect Iran's leaders of trying to build a
And i thought that i would also add this little snippet :
However, President Rouhani's address failed to impress Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who described it as "cynical... full of
"It had no practical suggestion to stop Iran's military nuclear programme and no commitment to fulfil UN Security Council decisions," he said in a
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So folks... what are your opinions on this new turn in Iranian foreign relations... sincerity or trying to pull the wool over the UNs eyes?
edit on 25-9-2013 by Rodinus because: Crap spelling
edit on 25-9-2013 by Rodinus because: Screwed up edit