Iran nuclear deal win may be short-lived for Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a press conference in Tehran on December 21, 2015It is the hard-fought central pillar of his presidency, an election pledge delivered, but Hassan Rouhani may yet find it difficult to capitalise on Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. The agreement, finally implemented Saturday in Vienna, consumed Rouhani’s first two-and-a-half years in office but it will lift sanctions that had crippled Iran’s economy. Having ended the 12-year international crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme, Rouhani wants to bolster his position at home, where Iranians want to see concrete economic improvements.

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