Alum Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran Foreign Minister, Meets with John Kerry
September 27, 2013
SACRAMENTO BEE -- Finally, a possible diplomatic opening that, if it succeeds, could make the volatile Middle East region more stable and avoid nuclear proliferation. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met on Thursday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who studied at San Francisco State University—along with the foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. This marks one of the highest level U.S.-Iran face-to-face discussions since the 1979 Iranian Revolution and three decades of quasi-war since then. We should know within weeks whether the “cautious optimism” expressed all around goes anywhere. This opening provides the best opportunity in the last 34 years to move forward on a host of vexing issues, and the United States is right to pursue talks, not to shun them.