Aug. 4 - Israeli sees little change in Iran with Hassan Rouhani, as U.S. says Iran will find ''willing'' partner'' if it engages seriously on nuclear issue. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
World leaders arrive in Iran for the public inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani won the election by a wide margin over conservative rivals. He has pledged to pursue less confrontational policies abroad. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says while the leader may be new the regime remains the same. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "Iran's president said the day before yesterday that Israel is a wound on Islam's body. The president in Iran has changed but the intention of the regime has not changed, it has remained the same. Iran's intention is to develop nuclear capability and nuclear arms and its aim is to destroy the state of Israel and this represents a danger not only to us and to the Middle East, but to the entire world and we are all committed to preventing this." An earlier report by Iran's student news quoted Rouhani as saying: "The Zionist regime is a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed." The agency later retracted the report. Many western countries see a better chance for diplomacy with Iran. The U.S. said Sunday Iran will "find a willing partner" if it chooses to find a peaceful solution to its nuclear program.