News Story from: 7/30/13
“Iran Channels Washington with Diplomatic Pick”
By Global Security Newswire Staff
Iran’s incoming president appears set to appoint a top diplomat with deep experience in dealing with the United States, a move with possible ramifications in a relationship long defined by an entrenched dispute over the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program, Reuters reported on Monday.
President-elect Hassan Rouhani will name Mohammad Javad Zarif as his foreign minister, a confidante said, verifying earlier state media claims. As an atomic envoy in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, the English-fluent, doctoral graduate of the University of Denver played a key role in negotiating an ultimately unsuccessful “grand bargain” between Tehran and Washington. He is already an acquaintance of Vice President Joseph Biden, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and a bipartisan assortment of U.S. defense establishment insiders.
Read the full article here.