Was diplomacy the only reason or the biggest reason why a US – #Iran crisis was averted today?

Sorry to be the Party Pooper, but diplomacy and improved relations between Zarif and John Kerry were not the only, nor the biggest reason why the captured U.S sailors were released within 24 hours by Iran.

The biggest reason? The end of sanctions being so close.

The Iranian supreme leader is a realist. He is not going to ruin years of negotiations and sacrifice all the compromises he made to reach a nuclear deal so that sanctions are removed by locking horns with the U.S at this point. Not when he is so close to the finishing line.

And this is what gave the moderates in Iran leverage against the hardliners. The latter would have absolutely loved to turn this incident into something more serious as it would have boosted their “revolutionary” credentials and their defense budgets. Not to mention leveraging it to gain more political room for maneuvering inside Iranian domestic politics.

But today, it wasn’t to be. Lets see how they will react next time, after the supreme leader has received what he has wanted all along: end to sanctions. Then a simple incident like today could get more complicated. And friendly relations between Kerry and Zarif may not be enough to solve things within 24 hours, like today.

video-diary: 8 days in Iran

So, what is it like to be an American TV reporter in Iran?

How does the Iranian public react to Americans?

What do they think of America?

What kind of relations do people of Iran want to have with the US? Do they want to be allies of the United States? do they want to have diplomatic relations with the US? Or do they support the current stance of the Iranian regime regarding the so-called “Great Satan”?

These are some of the questions answered by this behind the scenes video diary of the 60 minutes crew who visited Iran recently.

In this video, they go deeper and share their views regarding their recent trip to Iran, and how it came about.