Despite nuclear deal, US-Iran relations far from rosy

US President Barack Obama, eager to resolve at least one intractable conflict in his final two years in office, has his eye on a major prize: reconciliation with Iran. “In Barack Obama’s head, there’s this fantasy of a grand bargain, an alliance with Iran, and of reconstructing the architecture of the region for a paradigm shift,” said Joseph Bahout, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Center. “This is the fantasy of the Obama administration, but he knows it will never happen because Iran is a lot colder. “They’ll take the nuclear deal, but everything will remain business as usual,” he added.

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