Why Scrapping Nuclear Deal May Embolden Iran’s Hardliners: Analysis – NBC News
TEHRAN, Iran — Donald Trump’s top diplomat is reviewing last year’s nuclear deal with Iran, saying the country remains a leading state sponsor of terrorism. But while ripping up the agreement would make good an election promise, it would also embolden Iran’s hardliners who believe President Hassan Rouhani has been too friendly to the West.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement Wednesday will be seen within Rouhani’s moderate circles as an attempt by the Trump White House to try and undermine the landmark 2015 agreement.
Rouhani has invested much of his political capital in the agreement, promising that the lifting of sanctions in exchange for curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program would usher in economic prosperity and a better relationship with the world.
This has happened, but only in part — progress has been very slow and remains shrouded in uncertainty. Although billions of dollars of Iran’s assets were unfrozen as a result of the negotiations, U.S. sanctions imposed for what it says is Iran’s support of terrorism were not considered to be part of the agreement.
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