Two native Iranians who call Victoria home agree the United States' deal with Iran is a step in the right direction.

"It's important that the deal has been struck, and it's good for the world," said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. "It's good for the safety of the world especially for a region that is going through a lot of difficulties and a lot of problems that exist in the Middle East."

Niroomand, an Iranian native, has lived in the United States for more than 40 years and earned a Ph.D. in international economics from Michigan State University.

Freydoun Darshad, a local restaurateur and Iranian native, left his home country in 1978 to pursue an education in the United States. Darshad said the historical events tied to the United States and Iran deal go all the way back to the events surrounding the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Former President Ronald Reagan attempted to establish a relationship with Iran but failed, Darshad said.

"It didn't happen, and Iran segregated themselves," Darshad said. "I think the deal is a good step forward. We can't live in the past. We have to move forward, and in order to do that, we have to think positively."

Gino Tozzi, a UHV political science lecturer, said the deal would be a good economic decision for the United States and Iran.

"It would allow us to trade with Iran, which we have not done due to past sanctions," Tozzi said. "There are a lot of companies that would want to work with Iran."

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