"They almost wanted a magic solution, and this is as close as they're going to get," the former ambassador says.
"Iran has analyzed that [in] holding direct talks with the Obama administration, the minimum would be that further sanctions would be avoided," says Kahlili. "Now the White House has the hope that something could come about."
"At the end of the day, it's not going to stop the nuclear program," he says.
Former ambassador Hof says these talks could lead to some good in Syria.
"If there is a nuclear deal between Iran and the West, one that removes the possibility of an Israeli military campaign against Iran, it is possible that the struggle for Syria involving external players may wind down," he says. "But Iran will always support Hezbollah in Lebanon in any event, even if it becomes a peaceful political movement."