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The U.S. and Iran’s new relationship status: enemies, with benefits

In a speech to the military, Ayatullah Khamenei said President Trump had shown America’s “real face”

FOR NEARLY FOUR DECADES, IRAN has been a reliable villain in U.S. foreign policy, black hat firmly in place even as President Obama made engaging the mullahs over their nuclear program the centerpiece of his diplomatic legacy. So when Tehran test-fired a ballistic missile on Jan. 29 in defiance of a U.N. resolution, the newly minted Trump Administration knew what to do. National Security chief Michael Flynn informed Iran it was “on notice.”

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