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April 3, 2015

The Washington Post: With Outlines of a Deal, Iran Embarks on Uncharted Territory with the U.S.

While Iran’s security establishment and many of its leading clerics remain vehemently anti-American, ordinary Iranians will now see rapprochement with the West as not only possible but desirable, said Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council. “For many people this closes the chapter on 1979,” said Parsi, referring to the year when Iranians overthrew the country’s pro-American ruler, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, allowing the fiercely anti-American Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to come to power. “It’s not that the revolution is undone, but the enmity with the United States is finally neutralized.”

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