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A military analyst says Iran's president will find it impossible to agree to the pleas for peace made by Pope Francis.
President Hassan Rouhani is touring Europe to curry goodwill among Western leaders now that sanctions against his country have been lifted, a trip that included a visit to the Vatican on Tuesday.
Rouhani is the president of Iran but answers to Ali Khameni, who is known as the "Supreme Leader."
At about the same time Rouhani met with Pope Francis, Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif was attending an economic summit in Switzerland and lecturing the United States on its foreign policy.
"The United States was not able to stop Iran's nuclear program through sanctions," Zarif said at the world economic forum in Davos. "In fact, Iran's nuclear program increased by my last calculation two hundred-fold."
Pentagon analyst and author Robert Maginnis says Iran's habit of mixing messages was also lost on the pope.
"The pope asked for Iran to help battle terrorism yet Iran is the world's largest sponsor of terrorism," Maginnis points out.
Pope Francis also asked Rouhani to fight arms trafficking, Maginnis adds, yet Iran is supplying arms to the Houthis in Yemen and other regimes.
At the end of the meeting, Pope Francis expressed to Rouhani his wish for peace.
Maginnis says that's a longshot at best, since Iran continually calls for the destruction of Israel.
An in-depth story about Iran's apocalyptic beliefs, written by Iranian-American scholar Dr. Majid Rafidazadeh, can be read here at FrontPage.com.
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