The US-Iran stalemate

A wonder of global affairs is the ability of two great cultures to mutually spoil potential for a relationship from which both would benefit. So it is with the US and Iran.The US can't move past enmity that developed when Iranian radicals in the throes of revolution held a group of Americans hostage for more than a year. That was 20 years ago. Much has happened in Iran since then. But the enmity remains.So do trade sanctions imposed by US President Bill Clinton in 1995 and expanded by Congress to cover third parties in 1996. Lately the third parties have been acting up.Shell's dealMost recent to do so is Royal Dutch/Shell Group, which reached an $800 million agreement with National ...

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