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In 19 Tweets: How The Iran Deal Happened

While the Iran talks weren't the first major negotiations on nuclear weapons, they were probably the first with an outcome first announced on Twitter.

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Back in June, Iran's presidential elections had a surprise winner: reformer Hassan Rouhani

Rouhani's attitude (and his openness about it on public forums like Twitter) eased US-Iran relations

Allowing actual discussion to occur between the two countries.

In September, Rouhani announced on Twitter that he spoke with President Obama on the phone

Via Twitter: @HassanRouhani

It was the first discussion between the heads of Iran and the United States since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

As you can imagine, the politics of the issue were (and remain) tricky in Iran.

Via Twitter: @JZarif

Javad Zarif, Iran's top nuclear negotiator and a trusted ally of Rouhani, tried to dial back concerns that the new administration was acting too weak in its dealings with the United States.

A near-agreement fell through, but Zarif urged his counterparts to keep talking

Via Twitter: @JZarif

Javad Zarif urged his western counterparts not to politicize the issue – a clear sign that he didn't want the talks to end.

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Here's the video he posted.

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