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Hassan Rouhani

Don't give up on the Iran deal

Don't give up on the Iran deal

Iran is bound to get tough after the nuclear deal comes into force. Its foreign policy will become more strident. Its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad will deepen. Its anti-Israel rhetoric will sharpen. Its Shiite militias in Iraq will take the attack to the Islamic State. It will double down on the Houthis. But don't give up on the deal. It will go through, and Iran will live by its demands. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani need to prove that they have not sold out to the "Great Satan." The hard-liners in and out of the Revolutionary Guard need to be accommodated, and their support for the deal needs to be won. ...