Ex-congressman visits Iran and makes urgent call for better ties

Jim Slattery, a former U.S. congressman from Kansas.

Jim Slattery, a former U.S. congressman from Kansas.

Jim Slattery – who says it was first invited trip by a US lawmaker since 1979 – says Iran could fall back under rule of hardliners without nuclear deal

A former US congressman visited Iran in December, marking what he said was the first time a current or former American lawmaker had been invited to the Islamic republic since its 1979 revolution.

“The Iranians are deeply concerned about respect – the one thing they yearn for is respect,” Jim Slattery, 66, said in a presentation at the Atlantic Council thinktank.

His Iranian hosts, he said, assured Slattery he was the first US lawmaker invited to the country since the revolution that ousted the Washington-backed shah.

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