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After Iran and the major powers signed on to an interim deal on Tehran's nuclear program, expectations were high.All this does not mean a final deal with Tehran is impossible, but it does mean that both sides, Iran and the West, need to start thinking creatively about how to bridge what is clearly a wide divide and how to get around the main obstacle they will face – which is not abroad but at home.Iran and America have fundamentally different views about an acceptable final deal. On the basis on my interview with Rouhani and talks with other Iranian officials, my sense is that the Iranian vision is as follows: Iran will provide the world with assurances and evidence that its nuclear program is civilian, not military. But Iran's officials are determined not to accept any constraints on their program. Iran has a program that is suspicious – a massive investment to produce a tiny amount of electricity – and it has deceived the world about its program in the past.In fact, Iran has more than 19,800 installed centrifuges, but fewer than half are operational.Similarly, Iran could keep its heavy water reactor running but convert it to a light water system.
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