Iran accord offers Obama much-needed foreign policy win

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on April 2, 2015 as he departs for Louisville, KentuckyA tentative Iran nuclear deal offers President Barack Obama the prospect of a legacy-gilding victory as he confronts a panoply of foreign policy crises in the sunset of his presidency. It may be just a framework, but with two years left in office Obama has teed-up an agreement with a decades-old adversary that could vindicate his doctrine of negotiating with US enemies. Obama’s Republican critics were quick to denounce the deal as a sell-out, but the president gave a tough defense of its provisions, insisting he had not let Tehran off the hook. “If Iran violates the deal, sanctions can be snapped back in place,” he promised.

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