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Jeffrey Goldberg

Rohani's Scared to Shake Obama's Hand

I'm worried that the Obama administration could become overly excited by an Iran breakthrough.

So it seems that Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who has undertaken a charm offensive at the United Nations this week, can't bring himself to charm the one person he actually needs to charm, the man who has placed crippling sanctions on Iran's economy.

President Barack Obama was willing to shake hands with Rohani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly today, but the Iranian president wasn't ready for such a dramatic encounter -- even an unphotographed one.