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Rouhani Condemns Nazi ‘Crime’ as Iran’s New Face Seeks Thaw

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s latest break with predecessors, condemning the killing of Jews in the Holocaust, extends a makeover of the Islamic republic’s diplomacy that’s driving a currency revival back at home.

Elected on a pledge to ease Iran’s global isolation, Rouhani took over last month from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who repeatedly denied the reality of the World War II killings. The new leader has used this week’s trip to the United Nations in New York to emphasize how he’s different, and prepare the ground for renewed talks on Iran’s nuclear program. The prospect of a thaw has helped Iran’s currency recover from the record low it reached under U.S.-backed sanctions.