Obama to Iranians: Benefits of nuclear deal are ‘undeniable’

Despite ‘profound differences,’ old adversaries can overcome decades of mistrust, US president says in Nowruz message

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said the benefits of the Iranian nuclear deal are “undeniable,” although it may still take time for people to begin enjoying them.

Obama addressed the Iranian people in his annual video message marking Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

The US president said the deal makes it possible for Iran to rejoin the global economy through increased trade and investment, creating jobs and opportunities for Iranians to sell their goods around the world.

He said the US still has “profound differences” with Iran, but the fact that the countries were talking regularly for the first time in decades could help solve them.

Citing his trip Sunday to Cuba, he said it was possible for old adversaries to start down a new path after decades of mistrust.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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