In honor of this September 2013 meeting–long overdue–between high USA- and high Iranian- government officials, I bought in my local supermarket (here in Oman) three apples from Iran and three apples from the USA.
I am eating one of them as I type.
The Iranian apples on the shelf at the store looked beaten but free of pesticide. In comparison, the USA apple was shiny and red. It wasn’t as tasty as one would hope, though–and probably too many chemicals used on it too.
In contrast, the less dazzling Iranian apple tasted delicious. However, like the economy of Iran, which has taken a beating under years of sanctions due to the prior regime’s flatulant foreign policies, war on citizens, and its pursuit of nuclear power–the Iranian apple could do certainly better in producing products for the market if given the opportunity and support of many governments.
Perhaps, not only food goods, but other wears from Iran could be produced and sold in the USA some day.
Let’s pray for peace and an end to unneeded sanctions and pursuit of either chemical or nuclear weapons in this–or any–region.–kas
The United States and Iran have held their highest-level official diplomatic meeting in decades to discuss Iran’s disputed nuclear program. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart joined diplomats from several other countries on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the group agreed to meet again in Geneva next month. John Kerry called the meeting “constructive” and said he and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also held their own meeting on the side.
John Kerry: “So we’ve agreed to try to continue a process that we’ll try to make concrete, to find a way to answer the questions that people have about Iran’s nuclear program. Needless to say, one meeting and a change in tone, which was welcome, doesn’t answer those questions yet, and there’s a lot of work to be done.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: “Almost four decades of international effort to establish a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East has regrettably failed. Urgent practical steps toward the establishment of such a zone are necessary. Israel, the only non party to the Non Proliferation Treaty in this region, should join there too without any further delay.”