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November 7, 2013 9:48 am

U.S., Iran Rapprochement Follows Years of Behind the Scenes Talks

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President Barack Obama gives a special Nowruz video message to the people and leadership of Iran. Photo: wiki commons.

Wall Street Journal – The White House heralded President Barack Obama’s phone call with Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani earlier this Fall as a foreign-policy milestone born of a rush of last-minute diplomacy. But the historic conversation was more intricately choreographed than previously disclosed.

Top National Security Council officials began planting the seeds for such an exchange months earlier—holding a series of secret meetings and telephone calls and convening an assortment of Arab monarchs, Iranian exiles and former U.S. diplomats to clandestinely ferry messages between Washington and Tehran, according to current and former U.S., Middle Eastern and European officials briefed on the effort.

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