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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, accompanied by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, waves to his supporters during a campaign rally, Isfahan, Iran, May 14, 2017 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal in Trouble Again?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran and Russia. Even if the bill makes it through the legislative process to become law, it should not derail the 2015 agreement that curtails Iran’s nuclear activities. But more intangible factors, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent comments on the Iranian regime, could do harm to the agreement’s durability.

The sustainability of the Iran nuclear agreement, one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements, has been in doubt since Donald Trump’s presidential election. On the campaign, Trump mocked the agreement and suggested that he might walk away from it once in office. Instead, his administration has launched a policy review on Iran that might lead to a call for canceling or revising the agreement. In the meantime, the U.S. government has kept it in place. ...

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