M K Bhadrakumar, Former Indian Diplomat | March 6, 2012
After the election of Iran's parliament, there is a new political climate that augurs well for talks on the nuclear issue. ++ It is unlikely that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will now attempt to oust President Ahmedinejad, who has renewed his influence. ++ Obama correctly perceives the shift in the locus of power and sees the consolidation of authority as a window of opportunity. ++ Obama will encounter two sources of problems in pursuing negotiations with Iran though: Saudi Arabia, whose regional priority is regime change in Damascus, and Israel.