The Daily Caller quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin on nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran:

“The expectations on the Iranian side for the release of sanctions are very big,” Barbara Slavin, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for the news site, told The DCNF. “I find it difficult to believe that Iran’s leaders will just walk away from a deal,” she said. Yet Slavin is unsurprised by the Supreme Leader’s vitriol against Israel. “I’ve endured Khamenei’s speeches for years — his rhetoric doesn’t really change very much. And if you look at his Twitter feed, what he’s putting out there for an English-speaking audience isn’t different from what he’s doing for the domestic side.”

Slavin also suggested that Khamenei may be operating shrewdly to pacify right-wing objectors to reconciliation with America. “If anything, this may be a positive sign for a deal, in the sense that he’s already preparing the ground” against domestic objectors, signaling his legitimacy by affirming the anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli values of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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