‘World better with Iran deal even if regime does not reform’

Ideally, the US would like to see the Iranian regime change its behavior with the reduction of sanctions under a future deal, says Obama in an interview with NPR, “but if it doesn’t change, we are so much better if we have this deal in place than if we don’t.

“It is possible,” continues Obama, “that if we sign this nuclear deal, we strengthen the hand of [the] more moderate forces inside of Iran,” and not the hardliners.

“The deal,” he adds, “is not dependent on anticipating” that the ayatollah regime reform. “If they don’t change at all, we’re still better off having the deal.”

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