NPR recently posed questions to President Obama about Iran, specifically about opening a U.S. embassy in the country’s capital of Tehran.
Obama replied “never say never” to the question and said, “I think these things have to go in steps.”
He contrasted Cuba, which he called a tiny country that posed no threat, with Iran, which he called a large and sophisticated country.
Iran, he said, has a “track record of state-sponsored terrorism,” a history of attempting to build a nuclear weapon, and its anti-American attitude. He also said that its rhetoric has been incendiary when it comes to Israel.
Despite all of this, Obama believes that Iran could become a “very successful regional power.”
“That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people.”
Obama believes that the basis of improving relations over time with Iran is the country giving up on the development of nuclear weapons:
“If Iran recognizes that it is in its own interests, having already said that they’re actually not interested in developing a nuclear weapon, to go ahead and prove that to the world, so that over time as it’s verified, sanctions are removed, their economy begins to grow, they’re reintegrated into the international community — if we can take that big first step, then my hope would be that that would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time.”
What do you think? Is reconciliation with Iran as Obama envisions possible, or is it an illusion?
h/t The Right Scoop
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