At the end of a dramatic week at the United Nations General Assembly, moribund nuclear talks with Iran have been revitalized, potentially heralding unprecedented progress.
Obama said he saw "a new opportunity to make progress in Tehran." He said he communicated to Rouhani "my unique respect for the Iranian people."
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with counterparts of six world powers yesterday in a bid to change the dynamic after 17 months of fruitless talks.
That was followed by a historic one-on-one for 30 minutes with US Secretary of State John Kerry – the most substantial high-level US-Iran contact in decades.
In the first practical application of “moderation” and “transparency” promised by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who made his international debut this week, Mr. Zarif presented a number of new ideas and short timelines to limit Iran’s nuclear program so that it can never produce an atomic bomb. In exchange, he called for the lifting of US, European and UN sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.