More than 100 former American ambassadors wrote to President Obama on Thursday praising the nuclear deal reached with Iran this week as a "landmark agreement" that could be effective in halting Tehran's development of a nuclear weapon, and urging Congress to support it. "If properly implemented, this comprehensive and rigorously negotiated agreement can be an effective instrument in arresting Iran's nuclear program and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons in the volatile and vitally important region of the Middle East," said the letter, whose signers include diplomats named by presidents of both parties.
In a hastily assembled news conference in Tehran on Thursday, hard-line analysts triumphantly announced they would do [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's] bidding by examining the agreement for any devious legal tricks or loopholes the "arrogant" nations might be trying to slip into the text. "We are here to help the government," said Foad Izadi, a professor of public diplomacy at the University of Tehran. "But it is clear there are serious problems with this agreement."