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The Future of US - Iran Relations

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The Future of US - Iran Relations Dr. Haytham Mouzahem - Beirut, Lebanon Haytham Mouzahem Dr. Haytham Mouzahem - Political Analyst & Researcher on Middle East Affairs It’s been twenty-five years since the rupture of the US-Iran relations. It appears that the reestablishment of relations will not occur anytime soon. There are numerous impediments preventing the normalization of relations between both countries. One main obstacle to reestablishing relationship with Iran, is the US State Department’s concern about what it calls "Iran's support of terrorism”; particularly anti-Israel groups. Another is the US claim of Iran's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The United States is unlikely to lift sanctions against Iran unless it believes that the latter has ceased all activities in the aforementioned areas. However; despite continuing strained relations, the United States continues being of will to engage in discussions with top Iranian officials.…