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  1. Iran's president calls for dialogue

  2. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is considered a moderate, made his case Thursday to the American people and the world for "a constructive approach" to contentious issues including his nation's nuclear program, arguing that failing to engage "leads to everyone's loss.“ "We must work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart," Rouhani wrote in an op-ed published Thursday evening on the Washington Post's website. Chief among those issues, for Iran, is its nuclear program. Iranian officials have insisted its aim is peaceful and for energy purposes only, but skeptical U.S., Israeli and other officials accuse Tehran (the capital and government center of Iran) of working to develop nuclear weapons. Iran's lack of openness on the issue and its lack of cooperation with international nuclear authorities, have led to increased tensions in the region. Secretary of State John Kerry -- also speaking in Washington -- characterized some of the new Iranian president's remarks as "very positive.“ Yet he offered his compliment with a caveat: "Everything needs to be put to the test, and we'll see where we go."

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