FROM Our Correspondent in Tehran
US Diplomacy and Iran Since the advent of street protests over Iran's disputed election, western reporters have been forced out of the country. Meantime, as President Obama tries to deal with Iran, that country's domestic politics are creating a nightmare for diplomacy.
US Diplomacy and Iran As President Obama tries to deal with Iran, that country's domestic politics are creating a nightmare for diplomacy. Both reformers and hard liners may want a nuclear deal with the West, but neither side wants the other to get the credit. In the meantime, Iran has charged three US hikers with spying, and Israel has intercepted an arms shipment it says Iran sent to Hezbollah in Lebanon. And major questions remain: is Iran really building a nuclear weapon? Is an Israeli attack really likely?
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