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The United States and Iran have rarely agreed on how to proceed with nuclear talks or other elements of bilateral relations.For years, Iran's "conservative radicals" – a concept that combines extreme conservatism in matters of faith and philosophy with radical views on violence – have argued that negotiation and rapprochement with the U.S. are foolish and futile. President Hassan Rouhani famously promised a domestic version of the deal to heal Iran's political wounds, and to further address its economic woes.American supporters believed that the vibrancy of Iranian civil society and social media boded well for the country, and hoped an Iran that was open to global markets would become more liberal politically.It is folly to think that the U.S. can curb Iran's nuclear and regional activities by unilaterally walking away.Now, following Trump's about-face, the possibility of confrontation between Iran and the U.S. has returned, which will only embolden the resolve of Iran's proxy forces. Unilateral U.S. abrogation of the JCPOA is, in short, the worst of all policy options. No matter what Trump says, there are plenty of people in Iran, and the U.S., who share this view.
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