World: Sticks and Carrots

Establishing rapport with Tehran remains a problem

Relations between Washington and Tehran, which have been cool since the exile of the former Shah of Iran, reached a new low last week. On two successive days, tens of thousands of Iranians marched past the U.S. embassy in Tehran, shouting insults and condemning American "intervention" in Iranian affairs. In a speech to 50,000 of the demonstrators, Ali Akbar Hashimi Rafsanjani, a close associate of the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini, charged that U.S. policymakers were responsible for the death of every Iranian killed during the revolution. "Who...

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