The day of reckoning for Iran and the West is here. Literally. After more than a year of shuttling between far-flung world capitals — Muscat, Vienna, Astana, Geneva — international negotiators have hit their self-imposed deadline of today for talks bent on convincing Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions. The question now: Will it?
A new, more diplomatic president in Iran, concerted outreach from the Obama White House and collaboration between Iran and the U.S. against the Islamic State have raised hopes. Perhaps, finally, Washington and Tehran can reach a detente, and Iran could give up on getting the bomb. But while world leaders may suggest today’s outcome ushers in a new era in relations, most experts think the reality is quite the opposite — and that, in fact, we’re looking at a whole lot more of the same headaches for the future.
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