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Possible Iranian nuclear deal with US on the horizon

Problems still stand in the way, but the mood has shifted

The US and Iran are talking again. A deal on the nuclear file looks possible. Many obstacles stand in the way, including the opposition of Israel’s government, Iran’s enemies in the Gulf, and a multi-dimensional oil embargo that could prove hideously complex to unravel. But the diplomatic overtures from Iran have changed the dynamic. The US and its allies must seize the opportunity. Three decades of mistrust between the West and Iran have left some commentators understandably sceptical that a negotiated settlement is likely. American neo-cons are appalled at President Barack Obama’s naivety. “Catnip for the gullible”, was how John Bolton, a senior Bush-era US diplomat described Rohani’s soo

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