Pivotal moment approaches for US-Iranian relations

For better or worse, relations between the US and Iran—such as they are—soon will change.The approach of a pivotal moment gives the US reason to ponder a world in which it and this vitally important, strategically located supplier of oil and gas managed to get along.Since the detention of American hostages in Tehran after the Islamic revolution of 1979, the US has demonized Iran—proscribing commerce with it, denouncing it as a terrorist state, assigning it a corner in the triangular "axis of evil."Iran's conflicted government sometimes acts as though it relishes the revulsion, which it largely deserves. But pressures are building for which truculent defiance will pro...

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