L.A. to Tehran Nonstop: Not With These Sanctions

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of exciting moments for Iran. President Hassan Rouhani has ushered in a much needed atmosphere of change domestically and internationally, and the world waits eagerly to see if he is able to achieve at least some of what he has promised. Following the momentous phone conversation with President Barack Obama, Rouhani announced that he has launched a study into the possibility of resuming direct flights between the United States and Iran. In fact one month earlier Iranian news sources were circulating a rumor that Iran Air and Delta Airlines would resume direct flights between the two countries for the first time since 1979. While the rumor was not completely accurate, Rouhani’s announcement confirms that the new administration is seeking to reestablish direct travel as part of the campaign to mend diplomatic relations. More importantly, the announcement draws attention to the topic of sanctions which directly affects the possibility of nonstop flights.

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