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Iran deal: Tehran’s conservatives aren’t going anywhere

Iran's re-emergence as a significant regional power is not likely to result any time soon in a fundamental shift in its post-1979 foreign policy

By Andrew Hammond  

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations general assembly in New York City on September 28, 2015. © NEWZULU/ANTOINE GOLDET

This Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran since Iran’s landmark nuclear deal in July with world powers, including China, Russia and the United States. Some three and a half decades after the US hostage crisis began, Tehran is reasserting itself significantly more…

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