This past Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a somewhat surprising speech in which he stated that nuclear weapons had no place in Iran and in which he indicated Iran’s willingness to negotiate over eliminating its nuclear program. This comes after decades of estangement from the United States and consistent acrimony between the two powers over Iran’s nuclear aspirations.
So today’s puzzler is this: Why did Ayatollah Khamenei decide to allow Rouhani to make this speech, and why now? What is Khamenei hoping to achieve with this overture? Are Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guard sincere in their offer to engage in serious negotiations? And finally, do you think an agreement will actually be reached?