By Nader Uskowi
At the start of President Obama’s second term in January, a new U.S. national security team emerged in Washington. It was obvious that the Obama/Kerry/Hagel team was capable and willing to change more than three decades of hostile relations with Iran. It was as evident that if this team could not strike a deal with the Iranians on their nuclear program, the alternative would be war. But the new team in Washington lacked an equally capable and willing partner in Tehran ready to take the risk of winning the peace. That situation changed in June when the ever-intelligent Iranian people elected a new government, and Rouhani/Zarif team began a new era of moderation and cooperation in Iranian politics and became the partner for peace.
Within a short five months, the new teams in Tehran and Washington changed nearly 35 years of animosity; capping it early this morning with signing an interim agreement that recognizes the desire of Iranians to continue technological advances on their soil, while safeguarding the peaceful nature of the nuclear program. Zarif and Kerry especially deserve all the accolades they are receiving for their courageous and tireless work for peace and a new beginning in Iran-U.S. relations.