Security was tight in Vienna on Wednesday for the official visit of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. A wide area around the Hofburg palace in Vienna’s 1st District was cordoned off, and helicopters could be heard circling in the blue and sunny sky.
As is common practice with state guests, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen greeted the Iranian and accompanied him down the red carpet in the palace’s inner courtyard, as the musicians of the military honor guard played the national anthems.
From here on, however, President Rouhani’s mission was anything but easy. He had the delicate task of salvaging the Iran nuclear deal, after the shock of the U.S. unilaterally withdrawal in May.
Rouhani arrived in Vienna directly from Geneva, Switzerland, which along…