Analysis: Prisoner release leaves GOP in tough spot on Iran

Iranians scan publications at a news stand in central Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. The end of Western sanctions against Iran loomed Saturday as Iran's foreign minister suggested the U.N. atomic agency is close to certifying that his country has met all commitments under its landmark nuclear deal with six world powers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran’s release of five Americans gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to deliver a harsh reminder to the Republicans wanting to succeed him: You can promise to pull back the hand I’ve extended to Iran and Cuba — nations the U.S. once cut off — but it won’t be easy and it may be lonely.

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