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The nuclear framework agreement between Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Russia) plus Germany is an important achievement in global diplomacy.Now the race is on against hard-liners in the U.S., Iran, Israel and elsewhere, who want to kill the deal before the deadline for a final agreement in June.The great divide between the West and Iran today, it should be noted, is largely the result of malign Western behavior toward Iran in the past.Indeed, from coup to dictatorship to war to sanctions, the U.S. has racked up more than 60 continuous years of trying to impose its will on Iran. Since 1987, the U.S. has imposed economic sanctions against Iran on a variety of premises, including claims of Iranian terrorism and the alleged nuclear threat.The U.S. hard-liners have their own long list of grievances, starting with the 1979 seizure of America's embassy in Tehran, in which 66 U.S. diplomats and citizens were held for 444 days. Still, the British and American abuses vis-a-vis Persia and Iran started earlier, lasted longer, and imposed far higher costs than Iran's actions vis-a-vis the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
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