“Controversial election results a setback for US engagement”

“Controversial election results a setback for US engagement”
June 13 & 14, 2009
     President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s landslide victory in last Friday’s election has sparked violent protests in Tehran amid widespread allegations of fraud (Agence France-Presse). Paul Richter writes that the reelection of Ahmadinejad and the perceived illegitimacy of the current government will make it difficult for the US to engage Iran diplomatically. Richter believes the US Congress and pro-Israeli officials will pressure the Obama administration to set a tight deadline for engagement (Los Angeles Times). US Vice President Joseph Biden acknowledged the controversy but stated that the US would maintain its policy of engagement (New York Times).
     Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff describe Ahmadinejad’s win as “preferable” for Israeli efforts to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program (Haaretz). Christopher Dickey agrees, pointing out that while reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi supports the nuclear program, his image as a moderate would have made it harder for Israel to maintain a military option (Newsweek).
Agence France-Presse | Los Angeles Times | New York Times | Haaretz| Newsweek


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