June 19, 2015

SIDELINING THE HARDLINERS:

Despite obstacles, chances grow for final Iran nuclear deal (LOUIS CHARBONNEAU, PARISA HAFEZI AND JOHN IRISH, 6/19/15, Reuters)

One former senior negotiator for one of the six powers told Reuters the chances were as high as 60-40.

For Rouhani, failure to secure an agreement could lead to his political demise. Iran's foreign minister warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about that earlier this year, saying it would give hardline conservatives who oppose the deal a chance to reassert their authority, Iranian officials said.

"It is very crucial for Rouhani and his camp to clinch this deal," a senior Iranian diplomat told Reuters. "Failure means failure of Rouhani and reforms. It will strengthen the position of his hardline rivals."

Posted by at June 19, 2015 7:05 PM
  

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