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Without the moderate leader, he says, the regime will maintain a “confrontation and secret compromise” trend, perhaps more easily with President Trump.
If the United States acts with ill intent and makes it difficult for Iran to receive the benefits it is due under the deal, then years of diplomacy will be undone and a zero-sum mentality will once again take hold between the two countries -- with disastrous consequences for the region.
The two diplomats have boosted communication to unprecedented levels since the 1979 revolution -- but they won't be around forever.
"We actually shook hands, thinking we had an agreement," the secretary of state said.
Six of the seven are dual U.S.-Iranian nationals.
But hawks are telling a different story.
The incident rattled nerves just days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.
For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.
Republican members of Congress should abandon efforts to sabotage the agreement and acknowledge that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ― Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Iranian diplomats discussed the case of Americans still held captive