I applaud President Obama for picking up the phone to talk to Iran’s new president and for discussing the importance of United States-Iran cooperation to resolve global conflicts. This phone call marks an important step forward in pressing for an end to the vicious cycle of confrontation that has plagued the United States and Iran for decades.
Solving problems between countries requires compromise on all sides, and the United States and Iran are no different. Iran needs to agree to greater transparency of its nuclear program and other steps to ensure it doesn’t build nuclear weapons. The United States, for its part, will have to lift some sanctions in exchange for Iran’s concession in order to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran.
Jane Westberg, Miami