October 17, 2013
Why a little-noticed chat between the US and Iran is a big deal (Scott Peterson, October 17, 2013, CS Monitor)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2013 2:23 PMWhen Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani had their historic phone call in late September, the news was met with amazement and a flood of news coverage. But when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and top US negotiator Wendy Sherman held an hour-long meeting on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Geneva this week, it prompted barely a murmur.The disparity between the reactions to each event indicate how quickly such headline-grabbing contact is turning relatively routine. When asked about the US-Iran meeting in Geneva, Iranian officials said it was "no big deal," as if it were just another day at the office.