U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a trilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria Oct. 15, 2014. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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A nuclear deal with Iran would be a rare coup for a beleaguered President Barack Obama, already seeking to shape his White House legacy, but analysts caution that renewing full ties will take longer.Iran and the United States have had no direct diplomatic relations since the 1979 storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, when radical students held a group of American diplomats hostage for 444 days.A deal permanently removing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran would be a stunning victory for Obama.In Washington, any dealings with Iran are highly politically charged.Other key U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia have been wary of U.S. moves to engage with Iran.Iran remains blacklisted by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terror, and Washington has serious concerns about its human rights record.
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