Don't Worry So Much About Iran's Nukes

Obama should keep pressuring Tehran on its nuclear program. But he shouldn't obsess about it

Photo-Illustration for TIME by Stephen Kroninger; Obama: Larry Downing / Reuters

"We all have been harmed. Today more than ever we need unity," said former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during Friday prayers at Tehran University on July 17. It was a crucial sermon and, in the manner of many things Persian, purposefully and delicately opaque. Some thought Rafsanjani's speech was a direct threat to the Ahmadi-Khamenei regime. He demanded the release of political prisoners, an end to violence against protesters, the restoration of Iran's (intermittently) free press. Others thought Rafsanjani, speaking with the approval of the Supreme Leader, was trying to build a bridge between the opposition and the regime....

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