Daily Notations From the Grid: On #Iran as @JZarif Speaks...

Mohammad Javad Zarif is the Foreign Minister of Iran and the driving force behind Iran's rapprochement with the World.  As Iraq and Yemen burn, Iran seems to be ever more in the midst of it all.   We noted here in #Outsiders on the regional rivalry between the regional giants.

Dr. Zarif spoke out in this New York Times piece that is telling in terms of Iran's new found confidence and assertiveness:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en">The purview of our constructive engagement extends far beyond nuclear negotiations. My piece for href
="https://twitter.com/nytopinion">@nytopinion href="http://t.co/g49CS1tHwu">http://t.co/g49CS1tHwu href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash">#Iran&mdash; Javad Zarif (@JZarif) href="https://twitter.com/JZarif/status/590188100665618432">April 20, 2015</blockquote>

Negotiations have begun to reach a final status agreement.  What was quite startling was a report in +Haaretz הארץ on how the United States conducted its' negotiations--by building a replica of Iran's Nuclear Facilities in Tennessee:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en">Leadership in action 👏🏽🎉👏How did href
="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Obama?src=hash">#Obama decide on href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash">#Iran? By sending scientists to Tennessee href="http://t.co/8WenDf6z47">http://t.co/8WenDf6z47&mdash; Mike Pouraryan (@mikepouraryan) href="https://twitter.com/mikepouraryan/status/591036637288615936">April 23, 2015</blockquote>

The deal is not done yet--and many challenges remain.  

Fascinating Times.....
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