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(1 of 11) From a recent intel report, are Iran and the U.S. headed for talks? According to Iranian media reports, the top security adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said U.S. officials approached him during a trip to Afghanistan about talks with Tehran.
(2 of 11) Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump told reporters that Iran is feeling the heat of sanctions and wants to talk, a claim Iranian officials have denied.
(3 of 11) It’s hard to confirm either report, but that they came out around the same time suggests there may be growing interest in talks. Both countries have also been in touch with Indian and Taliban officials recently.
(4 of 11) Last week, the U.S. reportedly held talks with the Afghan Taliban, which also held negotiations with Tehran late last month.
(5 of 11) Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by phone yesterday, just one day before Iran’s foreign minister arrived in India to attend a business forum.
(6 of 11) And then there is this:

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The Trump administration is doubling down on commercial and diplomatic efforts in the coming weeks to "put real pressure on Iran," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the start of a Mideast tour Tuesday.
(7 of 11) Pompeo contended Tuesday that the planned withdrawal from Syria would not complicate the administration's anti-Iran campaign. He said US allies in the region, including Jordan, agree on what they view as the "enormous risk" Iran poses for the region.
(8 of 11) The Trump administration in November restored US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Western powers. The sanctions cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors.
(9 of 11) They are the second batch the administration has re-imposed since Trump withdrew from the [JCPOA] in May.

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Read the rest here: haaretz.com/middle-east-ne…
(10 of 11) Without question, Iran is feeling severe economic pressure due to the re-imposition of sanctions. Whether that will stimulate real changes in Tehran in terms of reining in the IRGC and other terror-supporting elements in the region remains to be seen.
(11 of 11) The final chapter of the Islamic Republic of Iran may indeed be written this year, which marks 40 years since Ayatollah Khomeini’s “revolution” ousted the Shah. That would be blessing indeed for the Iranian people – and just about everyone else in the region!
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