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Iran’s hardliners said the US could not be trusted—Trump may prove them right

The woman behind the Iran nuclear deal says the US is undermining its own diplomatic credibility

By Catherine Ashton   December 2017

Photo: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

Long before Donald Trump appeared on the scene, Iranian leaders were concerned that the United States might lack a lasting commitment to a nuclear agreement. Almost every Republican presidential hopeful promised to rip up any deal. The Iranians were listening to the growing rhetoric coming out of the United States, as the election grew closer.

In my bilateral meetings with Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, and his predecessor, we talked occasionally…

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