Nuclear deal marks US-Iran thaw, but Saudis sulk

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna on January 16, 2016The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal marked a major step forward in Washington’s cautious rapprochement with Iran, but will further strain ties with Saudi Arabia. While President Barack Obama’s government insists its goal was simply to halt the spread of atomic weapons, experts detect an effort to bring a new balance to its Middle East relationships. “One of Obama’s visions for this region, at least in the Gulf, is equilibrium.

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