Rowhani Urged U.S. to Take Hard Line Against Iran 27 Years Ago

Iranian president said Khomeini would back down if threatened

JERUSALEM—Hassan Rowhani, in a conversation secretly taped by an Israeli agent 27 years ago, is heard urging the West to take a firm stand against the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The transcript of the tape, published yesterday on Ynet, could cause difficulties for Rowhani, Iran’s newly elected president, who thought he was criticizing the ayatollah to an agent of the United States. Continue reading