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Iran deal wins praise, but future looks tough

The compromises made by the parties that hashed out the Geneva agreement might have been unthinkable just a few months ago

By Jo Biddle  /  AFP, WASHINGTON

And Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said in a statement that the deal was achieved “because both sides compromised and realized that everyone had to win something to make an agreement possible and durable.”

“Both sides set aside pressure and escalation for a moment and went for a compromise. This is the essence of diplomacy,” he said.

A combination of circumstances had come together to create “a window” for a deal, Rubin agreed, pointing to Rouhani’s surprise election and the crippling sanctions on Iran, which was running out of cash.

“Kerry said the hard work comes now and in a way it really does. This is going to challenge all of the feelings and conceptions and ideologies and emotions that have been pent up in the US, in the West, and in Israel and elsewhere for decades. It’s going to be a very, very hard task,” he said.

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