However, this is not to say Rowhani favors the nuclear submission or direct negotiations requested by the West. He made it clear in his first news conference immediately following his election that “…the next government will not budge from defending our inalienable rights”. The new President vowed to continue developing the country’s controversial nuclear program within its legal limits to enrich uranium for peaceful energy purposes. Despite Rowhani’s reluctance to cede to the demands of the West, many Iranians see his election as a testament to their desire for reform. If Iran’s negotiating partners come further forward to meet its requests for continued enrichment, an initial confidence-building agreement on the nuclear situation will be possible. Unfortunately, Rowhani’s intentions cannot be entirely clear this early in the game. To further this uncertainty, his intentions may also be limited by Iran’s current power structure that allows the president minimal room for change. Because the underlying authority rests with Supreme Leader Khamenei, Rowhani’s assurances all remain cautious hopefulness.