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James M. Nordlund, Fargo, Published October 01 2013

Letter: Talking to Iran makes sense

I applaud President Barack Obama for picking up the phone to talk to Iran’s new president and for discussing the importance of U.S.-Iran cooperation to resolve global conflicts. This phone call marks an important step forward in pressing for an end to the vicious cycle of confrontation.

Solving problems between countries requires compromise on all sides, and the U.S. and Iran are no different. Iran needs to agree greater transparency of its nuclear program and other steps to ensure it does not build nuclear weapons. The U.S., for its part, will have to lift some sanctions in exchange for Iran’s concession in order to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran.