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The good, the bad and the ugly in the Iran nuclear deal

Iran will not immediately be more tolerant at home and less troublesome abroad

By Mark Fitzpatrick  

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks on Iranian TV after a nuclear agreement was announced in Vienna ©AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

The agreement reached in Vienna on 14th July is not a great deal for either Iran or the world powers with whom it was negotiating. But it is good enough and far better than the alternative of the status quo ante.

Less than two years ago, Iran was locked in an increasingly worrisome confrontation with…

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