N-Deal OK, but no Normal Ties with 'Great Satan': Iran

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Even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States, officials and analysts said.

In exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear bomb.

Loyalists of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, drawn from among Islamists and Revolutionary Guards who fear continued economic hardship might cause the collapse of the establishment have agreed to back President Hassan Rouhani's pragmatic readiness to negotiate a nuclear deal, Iranian officials said.

"But it will not go beyond that and he (Khamenei) will not agree with normalising ties with America," said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"You cannot erase decades of hostility with a deal. We should wait and see, and Americans need to gain Iran's trust. Ties with America is still a taboo in Iran."

Although tension between the hardline and pragmatic camps over the nuclear talks has reduced in recent months, Khamenei has continued to give speeches larded with denunciations of Iran's ‘enemies’ and ‘the Great Satan’, words aimed at reassuring hardliners for whom anti-American sentiment has always been central to Iran's Islamic revolution.

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