President Barack Obama sent Nowruz or new year's greetings to Iranians Friday, telling them that this year is the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between Iran and the U.S.
Obama said this moment may never come again.
With a deadline for a nuclear agreement a little more than a week away, he said the days ahead will be critical. He appealed to the Iranian people to speak up for the future we seek. He said Iranian leaders have a choice between two paths.
“If they cannot agree to a reasonable deal, they will keep Iran on the path it’s on today -- a path that has isolated Iran and the Iranian people from so much of the world, caused so much hardship for Iranian families, and deprived so many young Iranians of the jobs and opportunities they deserve.”
Nowruz is the Iranian new year -- the first day of the Persian calendar that coincides with the first day of spring.