Iran Seeks Nuclear Deal but not Normal Ties With 'Great Satan'

Officials and analysts said that Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear program. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran being able to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy. Iran officials said that 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.