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Iran's President Seeks 'Constructive Engagement'

Source: VOA

Iran's newly elected President Hassan Rouhani is advocating the use of constructive dialogue to solve global problems such as wars and terrorism.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Rouhani wrote that a constructive approach to diplomacy does not mean relinquishing one's rights. Rather, he said, it means engaging with counterparts to address mutual concerns and achieve shared objectives.

He said through dialogue, win-win outcomes are achievable and stated that unilateralism often overshadows constructive approaches.

The Iranian president wrote that international politics is no longer a "zero-sum game," but instead is a multi-dimensional arena in which cooperation and competition can occur simultaneously.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's new government is hinting at room for negotiations on Syria.

Rouhani wrote his piece just days before he will make his first appearance as Iran's president on the world stage when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In earlier comments to NBC News, another U.S. media outlet, President Rouhani vowed Iran will never pursue a nuclear bomb in an attempt to address an issue that has resulted in international sanctions against his country.

He said Iran has never sought nuclear weapons and that it will under no circumstances "seek any weapons of mass destruction."

Iran has long insisted its nuclear program is peaceful, but the U.S. and some of its allies disagree. This issue has been behind several rounds of sanctions that have battered Iran's economy.

Rouhani's election in June appears to have spurred new diplomatic outreach from Iran's ruling establishment.

White House officials say there are no current plans for President Barack Obama to meet Rouhani during his visit to the U.S., but they have, however, acknowledged that Obama recently exchanged letters with the Iranian president -- a rare step for the two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations.

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