Email, response to PolitiFact Texas, Trita Parsi, president, the National Iranian American Council, Feb. 18, 2013

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To the best of my knowledge, there has been no welcoming of Hagel. That would be extremely Musial, since iranian officials rarely say anything positive about American politicians. On,y news story i saw was the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry expressing hope that the Us would amend its policy towards Iran under Hagel - that is a standard phrase they often say, had nothing to do with Hagel.

 

Moreover, the view in Tehran tends to be that individuals in the US system do not matter that much - including the president. Structural factors are too strong for them to have a decisive impact.

 

/Trita