Iran initially denied that a missile downed the Ukrainian airliner for days.
Hassan is seen as a pragmatist in contrast to Khamenei and his hardline allies, and officials and analysts have cast doubt on his ability to balance their demands and expectations with those of his supporters.
It'll be harder for Trump to demonize a country where democratic culture is spreading, says Bani-Sadr.
And if the Trump administration retains its tough stance on Tehran, it may end up boosting a powerful cleric linked to the massacre of thousands of political prisoners.
Without the moderate leader, he says, the regime will maintain a “confrontation and secret compromise” trend, perhaps more easily with President Trump.
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is warning that Tehran will retaliate if the sanctions are approved.
No matter who wins, it won't affect who really holds control in the country.
Despite the recent achievements on Iran-U.S. relations, which have been unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the wall of mistrust between Washington and Tehran remains thick. It is of critical importance for the pragmatists on each side to ensure they stick to fully implementing the nuclear deal.
He argues that Saudi Arabia and Iran have been locked in mutual “closed circuits of violence” since the 1979 revolution that need to be broken.
The announcement comes after increased tensions following the execution of a prominent cleric.