Courtesy of CNBC:
Iran freed four Americans including a Washington Post reporter on Saturday in a prisoner swap, as diplomats gathered to announce the lifting of international sanctions and bring the country of 80 million people back to the global economic stage.
The International Atomic Energy Agency was expected to announce in Vienna that Tehran had complied with the requirements of a deal reached last year, under which it was to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States, United Nations and European Union.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who developed a strong rapport while hammering out last year’s deal, met in a Vienna hotel before the announcement.
This is excellent news for everyone. However, after a quick trot around the internets, Republicans are coming up with all sorts of excuses and conspiratorial reasons for the swap. Talk about sour lemons.
The Democratic administration has shown that diplomacy does work. President Obama has shown that he is a master chess player. Hurrah!
And I don’t doubt for a minute, that Iran is enjoying this too.