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January 9, 2016 7:44 pm

Report: Iran Hardliners Empowered by Nuclear Deal

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Screenshot.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Screenshot.

The Obama administration’s nuclear deal was intended to keep Iran from pursuing an atomic bomb, and raised hope in the West that Tehran would be nudged toward a more moderate path. But there are growing fears in Washington and Europe that the deal—coupled with an escalating conflict with Saudi Arabia—instead risks further entrenching Iran’s hard-line camp.

Since completion of the agreement in July, Tehran security forces, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have stepped up arrests of political opponents in the arts, media and the business community, part of a crackdown aimed at ensuring Mr. Khamenei’s political allies dominate national elections scheduled for Feb. 26, according to Iranian politicians and analysts.

Read full story at The Wall Street Journal.

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