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Geneive Abdo is quoted on NBC News on Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s position

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s finger-pointing at Israel and refusal to acknowledge the Holocaust may undercut his image as a moderate in the West – but will help keep the hard-liners at home at bay, analysts said Thursday.

“He’s in a delicate position,” Geneive Abdo, a fellow at the non-partisan Stimson Center, said of the center-leaning cleric who replaced the incendiary Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in August.

In his first international interview since his election, Rouhani gave NBC News’ Ann Curry new indications that he’s anxious to resolve the impasse over his country’s nuclear program and has the political backing to cut a deal.

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