May 28, 2017

C-SPAN: The Future of U.S.-Iran Relations Following Rouahin’s Re-Election

“The Iranian people went and voted in very, very unfair elections. There are not free and fair elections by the standards that we would like to hold. But, nevertheless, they went (73%) and voted for the most moderate candidate on the ballot – and it was a very strong signal that they wanted more interactions with the outside world. They wanted to pursue more engagement and they wanted to pursue a way though diplomacy resolved conflicts with the rest of the world. The United States is, of course, a very important actor in that. The response they got that same day when President Trump was in Riyadh and gave that speech was that the U.S. is clenching its fists and doubling down on enmity,” says Trita Parsi.

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