Iran’s president-elect: Nation voted for change

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Iran's president-elect: Nation voted for changeIn this Monday, June 10, 2013 photo, Iranian President elect, Hasan Rouhani, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, waves, from his bus, during his presidential election campaign tour to the western city of Sanandaj, Iran. Just a week before Iran's election gatekeepers announced the presidential ballot, Rouhani described the U.S. as the world's "sheriff" and said direct talks with Washington are the only way for breakthroughs in the nuclear standoff. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)(Credit: AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s newly elected president says his election was a vote for change and vows to remain committed to his campaign promises of moderation and constructive interaction with the outside world.

Hasan Rouhani says moderation in foreign policy does not mean surrender or conflict but rather effective and constructive contact with the world. He made the comments in an address to a conference in Tehran Saturday. His remarks were broadcast live on state TV.

Rouhani has already promised greater openness over Iran’s nuclear program but at the same time has sided with the hard-line Islamic establishment that refuses to stop enriching uranium.

He believes it’s possible to strike a deal that would allow the Islamic Republic to keep enriching uranium while assuring the West it will not produce a nuclear weapon.

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