Obama's video message came on Nowruz, the Persian new year.
It's something Obama has done every year in office, but this year's
version comes with more hope amid ongoing talks over the country's
"A comprehensive agreement on the nuclear issue — and an
Iran that upholds universal rights, at home and abroad — would help move
Iran along the new path that so many Iranians seek," Obama said in his
"After all, throughout your history the talents and
genius of the Iranian people have led to great achievements in
literature and the arts, science and technology. But the economic
hardship that so many Iranians have endured in recent years — because of
the choices of Iranian leaders — has deprived your country and the
world of the extraordinary skills and contributions you have to offer.
And you deserve better."
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