As Iran marks the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, one could be forgiven for thinking relations were just as bad as ever between the Islamic Republic and America.
To me, the message to the Iranian-American community is: ‘Don’t think you’re going to use your connections to come in and take over economic profits ... in post-deal Iran, because you’re not.Cliff Kupchan
“I think many Americans and many Iranians didn’t take the leader at his word that this does not mean detente, that this is a one-off transaction. I think the system was deadly serious about this,” said Cliff Kupchan, the chairman of the Eurasia Group. “I think the increased contact will lead to detente with the U.S., but we have a lot of harsh repression to go through before we get there.”