Backed by Supreme Leader, Rohani Takes Iran on New Strategic Path

Before, Iran conditioned dialogue with the U.S. on ending sanctions. Evidently it's decided to make a down-payment on a relationship with Washington.

“I act in accordance with the general policy directives of the supreme leader,” said Iranian President Hassan Rohani in a statement to journalists immediately after returning from New York. He meant that responsibility for Iranian policy is shared, and no one could blame him for acting on his own; anyone who spoke out against him would be speaking out against Supreme Leader...