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Iranians Lament Rebuff of First U.S. Handshake Since 1979

“Maybe Another Time,” read the front page of a Tehran-based newspaper after Iranian President Hassan Rohani and U.S. President Barack Obama failed to meet at the United Nations in New York.

The story in Shargh, the most popular pro-Rohani newspaper, followed a decision by Iranian officials that the time wasn’t yet right for a handshake between the two leaders. The Iranians cited domestic political considerations, a U.S. official told reporters yesterday.