Iran: Clearing the Underbrush

Clearing the Underbrush

After eight years of haggling, Iranian and American negotiators have tentatively agreed to settle some of the financial claims dating from the overthrow of the Shah's government. The package covers 2,370 small claims by U.S. citizens and companies for private property seized in Iran, and 108 by Iranians for undelivered goods.

The obvious question about the deal was whether it had any connection with the release of two American hostages in Lebanon last month or the prospect of future releases. Washington and Tehran both said no, and it seems the U.S. will receive far more in payments -- $105 million, vs....

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