For about 10 days, I have been in Tehran visiting family. In my short time here, I have already heard about and seen the painful consequences of sanctions.
Sanctions against Iran are doing great harm to an economic system that ordinary Iranians rely on to make a living, and are also indirectly increasing health and safety risks. Iran’s new president continues to express his desire for direct talks with the United States, most recently with the Iranian parliament’s confirmation of Iran’s new foreign minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif. Many Iranians are hopeful that America and Iran will sit down and repair relations.