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After Donald Trump’s election, the death of Ayatollah Rafsanjani is grim news for Iran’s nuclear deal

12 Jan

The death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani comes at a potentially difficult time for Iran’s relations with the international community, with Donald Trump and his team threatening to tear up the landmark deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme. It also means that the reformist president, Hassan Rouhani, has lost a highly important ally in a crucial stage of his struggle against powerful conservative clerics.
The two issues are not unrelated. Just as the American right, egged on by Israel and Saudi Arabia, has virulently opposed the agreement, so had the hardliners in Iran railed against President Rouhani and his government for what they saw as a surrender of the country’s sovereign rights on defence and security.

Source: After Donald Trump’s election, the death of Ayatollah Rafsanjani is grim news for Iran’s nuclear deal

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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Middle East

 

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