Over the past few years one of the most hostile countries in America’s eyes was Iran and rightfully so. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spent much of his presidency making enemies with the U.S and making sure everyone knew about it. Of the many arguments and worries that existed between the two countries, the issue of Iran building nuclear weapons was by far the most important. Ahmadinejad made it clear that he wasn’t going to halt the process of enriching Uranium and was ready to meet any opposition head on. The idea of a leader, who many may argue, was borderline insane cultivating the ability to create nuclear weapons created a sense of worry amongst a number of nations.
However, after getting used to years of worry it seems we just may have reached the light at the end of the tunnel. This light’s name is Hassan Rouhani and as the new president of Iran he is promising a totally different method of leadership from his predecessor. Rouhani has exclaimed to the world that he is ready and willing to disband any nuclear weapon related project and that these types of weapons have no place in his nation. Rouhani in turn ask that the UN and the United States begin to take more diplomatic approaches with his country. This is only fair. If Rouhani holds up his end of the bargain it would be in our nation’s best interests to start mending relations with Iran and this starts through removing, what Rouhani has described as, “harsh sanctions” imposed by the UN. There are those out there who are taking the new president’s words with a grain of salt and that is to be expected. This skepticism should be limited, though, and Iran should be given a chance to stick to their word. If matters are handled this way it will send a message to other nations that, not only was Iran true to its promises, but also that the U.S knows how to handle international matters in other ways than attacking a country. A peaceable end to Iran’s nuclear weapons program will resonate throughout the world much stronger than a violent end would.