administration to reach out to have leverage in side the islamic republic after the ayatollah khamenei died. when we look at the president of on this first inaugural address, let me backtrack. recent history is 1,000 years ago but in the united states going back for years it is ancient history but people don't think about moving 1,000 miles away. but to ask iran to stretch out that with george h. w. bush that is much of the same theme we don't need to assume this must go on forever. twice i can think of a time when the republic shot -- shifted positions with what it would take to release the american end hostages the second is what it would take to end the iran-iraq war. if you read what warren christopher edited with different chapters contributed by all different policy makers and so forth forth, they came to a basic conclusion it was persistence of diplomacy that led to the release of the hostages. the late peter bobbins wrote in 1981 that they got it backwards that the key episode that led to the committee changes his mind is saddam hussain invaded iran and had increased exponentially.
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. secretary kerry is saying you have no right to enrichment. but ayatollah khamenei said the agreement. >> a good agreement has something in it for both sides, otherwise they wouldn't agree. otherwise it's a capitulation or a stalemate. they are things that iran is happy with. it can read some of the language in the agreement to say there's an implied right of enrichment. secretary of state john kerry is right in saying there's no recognition of that right in this language. it's proof that there was an agreement that may hold because both sides got something they wanted. and can sell. >> are you optimistic that as we move forward it will lead to a permanent solution. >> i am optimistic for the reasons i wrote about, i think a lot of this has to do with domestic politics, and for the first time since president obama was elected, the domestic politics in iran create an opening for an agreement. the sanctions we have imposed have had an impact. the iranian people are saying to their leaders, "we need relief", and we have a president who is pragmatic. he's not soft, president hassan rouhan
for israel he is -- israelis. before the agreement in geneva, the supreme leader, ayatollah khamenei, spoke about jewish , ande as pigs and dogs israel will disappear. and i did not see any protest of any political leader in europe. made very strong -- very strong expression about this on able nazi- -- unaccept style accusations against israel and the jews. i think this is something he should pay attention, and we iraniannian -- intentions. lebanon, in a rack iraq. and of course their nuclear ambitions. know, we have you all of this philosophy, something that brings all of to a very, very bad today, and what we have we can say today really openly we in the beginning caused a , today what wece have with egypt and turkey and saudi arabia. part of this nuclear arms race. consequences -- it is even more serious than movies in hollywood. >> before i turned to the audience for your questions, i want to ask you one last question of my own. a moment ago you think it is important to turn down the -- if i understood you i- in the u.s.-israel negotiations. that made me think of a theme in the israeli
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