Diplomacy of Terror

When requesting foreign loans, Tehran sounds reasonable, but the West insists that the Islamic republic still uses murder and lies as tools of statecraft

Squeezed to the point of pain by low oil prices and overdue debts, Iran is beginning to mind its manners. Tehran is trying to convince the world that it is responsible and, above all, creditworthy. In spite of the country's best efforts, Western officials say they are not fooled; they insist that there is too much visible evidence that Tehran sponsors terrorists and is driving to develop nuclear weapons. Even the sober, measured Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, unhesitatingly denounces Iran as "an international outlaw." A senior Western diplomat in Tehran is more specific. "They are meddling in the Middle East,"...

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