US president Donald Trump has made it clear that the outcome of the presidential elections in Iran would have little impact on his views about the Islamic Republic. The former reality TV showman running the White House has little trust in Tehran’s government, and although Trump has kept the 2015 nuclear agreement intact, Washington has applied fresh sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program. And pressure is mounting from angry Republicans in the US for Trump to kill the nuclear deal (which is backed by the EU). But the Democrats will not let the deal die without a fight. Many of them have made it clear that they will only allow the nuclear deal to collapse if Trump applies new sanctions against Russia (and Trump doesn’t want to upset his friend, Vladimir Putin).

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