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US, Iran Both Squandered Opportunities for Détente

US, Iran Both Squandered Opportunities for Détente

Barbara Slavin

WASHINGTON - Veteran observers of U.S.-Iran relations know better than to be optimistic about the chances for reconciliation between the two countries. It has long been the pattern - indeed the curse - that when one side was ready to engage, the other was not.

But even the most jaundiced of Iran experts succumbed to a smidgeon of hope in 2008 that the election of Barack Hussein Obama would shatter a three-decade-old stalemate.