The United States is reportedly interested in closer relations with Iran, attempting to resume diplomatic activity with Tehran for the first time since an Islamic revolution created an Islamic Republic in Iran, according to sources within the country.
The Obama administration is attempting to persuade Iran to agree to a nuclear deal in exchange for closer future relations, according to Iranian officials who told British paper The Times.
Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution installed theocratic ruler Ayatollah Khomeini, who pursued strict policies to comply with Islamic law. That same year, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overtaken by supporters of the Ayatollah, and U.S. Embassy personnel were held hostage for 444 days.
Iran and its proxies have taken countless American lives over the past few decades. In 1983, a marine barracks in Beirut was bombed by Iranian-backed terrorists, killing 241 U.S. soldiers. Additionally, prominent terrorism experts such as Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson have alleged that Iran played a role in facilitating the 9/11/01 attacks against America. High ranking U.S. officials have alleged that Iranian-supplied IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) have taken countless American lives during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Meanwhile, the executive branch continued its ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran in Muscat, Oman on Monday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif have been meeting directly over the past two days, hoping to strike a deal before the November 24 deadline. A bipartisan majority in Congress has expressed opposition to a deal that allows for further uranium enrichment, and has called for stricter sanctions against the Shiite regime.