Iran President Urges End to 'Language of 'Sanctions'

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Iran's new president is calling on the West to put an end to the, "language of sanctions," used in dealing with its nuclear program.

Speaking in an open session of Iranian parliament, President Hasan Rouhani said the best way to deal with the Islamic Republic is through building trust and respect.

But the United States says Iran must first do its part when it comes to its nuclear program.

CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell offers his insight on Iran's new president on "The 700 Club," Aug. 6.

"Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

The U.S. and its allies say Iran is seeking to make nuclear weapons. But Tehran denies the charge, saying their uranium is used for energy and other peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, Israel warns that though the president of Iran has changed, the goal of the regime is still the same.

"Iran's intention is to develop a nuclear capability, nuclear weapons whose purpose is to destroy Israel," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu has previously described Rouhani as a wolf in sheep's clothing, and Israel says Rouhani's intentions in regards to Israel were made clear just before his inauguration.

Rouhani attended an annual pro-Palestinian holiday Friday, in which protestors chanted "death to Israel."

Also, he states on his website, "The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed."

"President Rouhani showed us so fast so soon that there is no difference between him and his predecessors," Silvan Shalom, Israeli minister for regional development, charged.

"He himself said once again that Israel has no right to exist," he continued. "I would like to believe that the international community will realize that to deal with Rouhani is to deal with Ahmadinejad - they are the same."

Over the weekend Rouhani was endorsed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader. Khamenei ultimately has the final say over decisions made by the new president.

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