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    Iran: From Pariah State to Awakened Giant

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    Andrew Korybko, Sergey Strokan

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is making a comeback to the world stage after international sanctions against Tehran were lifted following the end of the decade-long controversy over its nuclear program.

    The country rejoiced in glee when the announcement was made last weekend, with everyone from the Ayatollah to the commoner in the street being filled with high hopes for the country’s future.

    Iran return to the global economy will also have a profound energy component as well, since Tehran has plans to boost its oil output by a million barrels in the coming year.

    Everything wasn’t fun and games, however, since the US almost immediately announced that it was also rolling out a new round of unilateral sanctions against Iran in response to its missile tests from late last year, which caused the Ayatollah to lambast America for its – quote – “deceptions and breaches of promises”.

    Victor Mizin, vice president of the Center for Strategic Assessments in Moscow (studio guest); Lana Ravandi-Fadai, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Richmond); and Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the president of the Schiller Institute, joined our discussion.

    Oil, energy, nuclear, Iran, United States
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