I said about a month ago that I would say more about the 2004 Rouhani speech. At the time, I point out that the speech was given in the early fall of 2004, not 2005, and claimed that
I’m not (just) being pedantic here; the date of the speech matters from a substantive standpoint. But I’ll address that in a later post.
Well, it matters because the 2004 speech is only part of the story; one needs to examine the manner in which Iran dealt with the E3 after the speech…although Rouhani was obviously no big fan of suspension, he ultimately agreed to the November 2004 Paris agreement, which was considerably more expansive than the October 2003 agreement.